College for Kids being held at William Woods University

While many kids use their summer to sleep in, students in grades three
through nine from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Jersey and
several other states, are learning how to build rockets on the campus of
William Woods University.

The College for Kids: A Summer
Exploration, Inc.’s summer program, is
celebrating its 25th
year. Three sessions will be offered,
with the first being held this week.  
College for Kids provides
accelerated learning experiences specifically for academically talented students,
combining rigorous academic experiences with fun and exciting social
“CK classes address contemporary issues and problems
using a higher level of integrative, analytical and critical thinking,” said
the director, Sue Craghead of Fulton. “Class curriculum encourages
awareness of and respect for divergence in thought among academic peers.
The CK experience also allows students to explore different
academic content and methodologies in various
 for  Kids  also
 addresses  the  physical  needs  of  all
 students  today. Every day
CK takes time for physical exercise, in various
classes and during  recreation  time.
“Exercise and physical fitness are
necessary to fully realize one’s potential,” Craghead said.  
She explained that College for Kids provides an opportunity for
gifted students to learn and socialize with their
intellectual  peers.  
“Rather than being singled out and
labeled as the
“smart kid” in a regular
classroom, students are surrounded by peers who share their interests and
abilities.  It is the friendships,  just  as   much
 as the
 learning,  that  makes
 kids  want
 to  return  to  College
 for Kids year after
During the week, students have opportunities to sample weeklong,
intensive, cognitive-oriented studies such as biology, chemistry, classical
studies, psychology, rockets and historical mysteries.
“College for Kids courses are
designed with gifted students in mind,
inviting them to direct their
considerable talent and energy toward
interdisciplinary projects and practical problem solving,”
Craghead said.
“The students engage in
service-learning, present facts in a mock trial
setting and learn advanced math and science by having the opportunity to
dissect and mix chemicals. We nurture students as critical
thinkers and creative problem solvers.”
Classes such as American Sign
Language, Adobe Photoshop and
CKNews give students the opportunity to learn new skills. Introductory
exploration courses, such as fine arts, acting,
volunteering and fitness help meet the needs of gifted students through self-expression
and communication dynamics.
“College for Kids students
surprise even themselves by how much they can learn, achieve and grow in just one short week,”
Craghead said.
Evenings at the camp are filled with team-building and
leadership activities. Children
participate in such things as talent shows,
film-making nights, inspirational speakers and interactive creative problem solving,
while also having fun.
College for Kids: A Summer
Exploration, Inc. was started
in 1989 by
teachers of the gifted who formed a
program for children who wanted to
continue learning during the summer.
The three sessions are June 16-21 for students in third and
fourth grade, June 23-28
for students in fifth and
sixth grade and July 7-13 for students
in seventh
through ninth grade.
For more information, go to or
contact Craghead at (573) 642-2935 or by email at

A participant in last year’s College for Kids prepares
his rocket for launching.
Painting is a favorite activity for College for Kids campers.
Young girls show off the
tie-dye shirts they made for College for Kids.