Kids’ College continues |

Kids’ College continues

Mary Thompson

Kids are getting shipped off to college at an early age these days.

Take 9-year-old Jonathan Carral for example – he’s enrolled at Lake Tahoe Community College’s summer session. And he’s not alone. The college’s classrooms are filled with children between the ages of 6 and 18 at this time of the year.

But they’re not there to get a jump on college academic life. This is LTCC’s Kids’ College, where the classes teach a myriad of subjects ranging from outdoor survival skills to creative poetry writing to studying ecosystems. They’re there because they say it’s fun.

“I really enjoyed the challenge of learning,” said Carral, who is going into the fourth grade. “If I wasn’t doing this I’d probably just be at home watching TV.”

Carral signed up for the Lights, Action, Camera class – a drama production course taught by Dee Petrell – at the Kids’ College.

In Petrell’s class, students met eight times in two weeks to produce a musical called ‘We the People.’

“It’s a historic walk through time,” she said.

Students learned the words of famous speeches given by presidents and parts of the U.S. Constitution.

“We learned to be loud, proud and beautiful when we’re on the stage,” said 10-year-old Bret Damron. “But the best part of the class was our teacher – she really knew the subject and was funny and nice.”

It’s not too late to enroll in the second session of Kids’ College classes at LTCC. Introductory Spanish, intermediate and advanced volleyball and environmental ecology classes begin today. The survival, mandalas drawing, basic aid training, advanced multimedia techniques and creative poetry publications classes start later in the month.

For more information call Lake Tahoe Community College at (530) 541-4660.

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