Knox College for Kids: Summer fun and learning

From The Register-Mail:

Knox College for Kids Co-Directors Jason Helfer, associate professor and chair of the education studies department, and Stephen Schroth, assistant professor of education studies, in their fifth year of heading up the 36-year-old program, said their goal is two-fold.

As Knox and Galesburg were founded together, they said College for Kids is one way to strengthen the bond and give back to the community.

“It’s a constant source of amazement and pride for me, because so often, the first time people around here visit the campus … is when they bring their children to College for Kids,” said Schroth.

About 240 students are participating in College for Kids this year, most coming from within Knox County, including about 30 in the two-year-old “junior program” for kindergartners through second-graders.

The regular program offers nearly 60 hour-long classes this year in fine arts, humanities and social science, languages, and science and mathematics, from which students choose three.

“We like giving children the opportunity to take educational risks,” said Helfer. “We suggest they take something they’re interested in, but we also encourage them to try something new, something they’re not used to.”

Helfer and Schroth said the second part of the program is providing opportunities for their teacher candidates.

Each year, 15 Knox students receive grants from the REACH (Recruiting and Enlightening through Access to and Communication with High-need schools) Fellows program to work as assistants at College for Kids…