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Summer enrichment programs let students take untraditional courses

Sunday, June 24, 2007

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Kobe Hutcheson makes a solar cooker.
SIKESTON - Around 90 Sikeston elementary students are doing what may seem like the unthinkable to some children - going to school for fun.

The students are participating in enrichment programs this summer, held at their respective schools. Classes at the different elementaries range from physical education to "space camp."

"The enrichment program offers the students a more thorough experience that they don't get during the regular school year. It gives them something to do during the summer," Tiffany King, summer school principal at Lee Hunter, said.

Matthews Elementary's enrichment program includes a rotation of P.E., art and computer classes.

Morehouse Elementary offers an enrichment computer class as well. Along with learning how to do powerpoint presentations, the Morehouse students are doing service work around the school such as planting flowers.

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Samantha Thurman makes a cooker which will be used to cook a hotdog.
At Lee Hunter, the first two-week period included computer and P.E. classes.

"I thought it was going to be hard but it wasn't," fourth grader Tori Williams, who made a Power Point presentation about dogs during the class, said.

This week starts the second session, which is French. Taught by Penny Hunter, the class learns some of the language as well as cooking French food.

"The French class is a new experience for the students. It's something they normally don't get before high school," King said.

"Ms. Hunter makes it really fun and exciting," said Josh Eifert, who took the French enrichment class last year.

At Southeast Elementary the students rotate between journalism class and "space camp." In journalism, the students interview people around the school to create a school newsletter. At "space camp," students get a taste of what it is like to be an astronaut through "astronaut conditioning" and cooking "space food," as well as building a space station and rockets.

"The activities are hands on and the kids work as teammates. We've had some team-building activities to help them learn how to work together," Katie Jenkins, "space camp" teacher, said.