Summer programs keep learning going


School may be out, but that's no reason to slouch.

From digital photography and art classes to creative writing courses and mountain hikes, the Summer Enrichment program will keep children and adults alike on the learning path while helping them avoid summer doldrums.

"First off, it's fun. Second, it keeps kids interacting with kids," program coordinator Caroline Gregory said. "It keeps their skills current and up so they don't have any regression during the summer."

The program's offerings this summer include a PowerPoint computer course; drawing, painting and printmaking classes; a poetry and short-story writing course and the chance to rehearse and perform the play "Hansel and Gretel."

Children also may stretch their legs and lungs on hikes with the Hayden Valley Elementary Outdoor Adventure Club. Cold swims in mountain streams as well as plant and animal education are a few of the activities they will enjoy during excursions up Rabbit Ears Pass, Hahn's Peak, Fish Creek Falls and the Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

An overnight camping trip at Elkhead Reservoir will round out the adventure classes in August.

Children in grades third through eight can learn how to take digital pictures and download the images onto a computer in the Basic Digital Photography class that begins Tuesday.

The class will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 8. DeLaine Brown will teach the class at Hayden Valley Elementary. Participants also will develop a page on the school's Web site to display their pictures. The cost is $25.

Finding safe, fun and educational Web sites on the Internet is the focus of the Internet for Kids class, which also begins Tuesday. The class is for second- through sixth-graders and will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 8 at the Hayden High School computer lab. DeLaine Brown will be the instructor and the cost is $20.

Not only will the summer enrichment classes keep children busy, some of the classes -- such as the computer and digital photography courses -- will give them a window into subjects they may not have the chance to explore in school, Gregory said.

Students in the first grade may attend many of the classes, and adults are welcome in the art classes.

For more information on courses or to register, call Caroline Gregory at 276-7216.


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