College for Kids continues

While most kids are using their summer to sleep in, students
from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Jersey and
several other states, ranging from grades three through nine, are learning how
to build rockets on the campus of William Woods University.
The College for Kids: A Summer
Exploration, Inc.’s three-week
summer program is
in progress at
William Woods for the seventh year.

“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,”
said the director, Sue Craghead of Fulton.
Throughout the week, students can
choose from several major courses
lasting three hours each morning and
a two-hour minor course of study each afternoon.
Students have opportunities to sample weeklong,
intensive, cognitive-oriented studies such as biology, chemistry, classical
studies, psychology, rockets and historical
“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,” Craghead said. “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
Another class,
Pay it Forward, teaches
students the importance of community service and helping out. The students will learn the
importance of “paying it forward” by
doing community service with many different
organizations in the Fulton
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.
Local businesses
and organizations, such as Center Court, Columbia Sign Service, Inc., Columbia
Public Schools, Fulton Public Schools, Fulton Police and Fire Department,
Missouri School for the Deaf, SERVE Inc., and
William Woods University, assist the program in various ways
throughout the week.
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.
“College for Kids is often a
haven for gifted students who find there are others
just like them, who value a love
for learning, enjoy being challenged at school and have
passionate interests,” said Craghead.
“It is rewarding and exuberating
to see kids who have a hard
time finding others like them in school come to
the camp and connect with people who they will become
lifelong friends,”
She added, “Some of our students
have became roommates in college and have
even married! College for Kids has a 98 percent return
rate; once students come and see what College for Kids is all
about, they come back year after year.”
The first week, for students in third and
fourth grades, is over, and the
week, for students in fifth and
sixth grade, started
A third session,
for students in seventh
through ninth grade, will be held July
For more information, go to or
contact Craghead at (573) 642-2935 or by email at