LANCASTER – Another year of Kids in College is underway at Ohio University Lancaster and another enrollment record has been set. There are 300 students taking classes over the three-week period this summer. That’s 57 students more than last year.
“We offered several new classes this year,” said Maryann Lape, Kids in College coordinator. “I think that piqued the interest of some students. We are thrilled that so many children are taking part.”
This is the 35th year for Kids in College. The program provides students entering the 4th through 9th grades the opportunity to get hands-on experience over the summer that reinforces the knowledge and instruction they received in school. It also introduces highly motivated students to a college campus and gives students the chance to interact with university professors. Class enrollment is limited so that students can receive individual attention.
Archery was offered for the first time last summer. Lape put it on the schedule again this year because the students enjoyed it so much.
“I took the archery class last year, and it was really fun. So I decided to do it again,” said 11-year old Elizabeth Shipley of Lancaster. “I have my own bow at home, and this is a really good way to get some practice.”
“During the first couple of days of class, we work on form. We work on where their fingers are supposed to be and their stance when shooting,” said Instructor Rebecca Miller. “Kids enjoy the class because it’s fun. It’s a good way to get outdoors and away from technology.”
This is Shipley’s third year of taking classes during Kids in College. In addition to archery, she is taking a dessert decorating class and a pottery class.
Kids in College is being held during the weeks of June 16, June 23 and July 7. The classes are held in two separate sessions. There is a morning session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. There is a supervised lunch period from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students can attend just one or two weeks of classes or they can attend all three weeks.