College for Kids Returns to William Woods University

The College for Kids: A Summer Exploration, Inc.’s summer program will be on the campus of William Woods University for the fifth year, starting June 20.


Children who qualify to participate in College for Kids are gifted students in grades three through nine from all parts of Missouri.


Throughout the week they have the option of taking major courses for three hours each morning and two- hour minor courses of study each afternoon. Students have opportunities to sample weeklong, intensive, cognitive-oriented studies such as biology, chemistry, classical studies, psychology, rockets and historical mysteries.


Classes such as American Sign Language, Adobe Photoshop and CK News 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.


A new class offered this summer, Pay it Forward, teaches students the importance of community service and helping out in their communities.


Sue Craghead, CK director, said, “The children will be learning the importance of ‘paying it forward’ by doing community service with many different organizations in the Fulton community.”


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 experiencing the art of having fun. 


Local businesses and organizations, such as Center Court, Columbia Sign Service, Inc., Columbia Public Schools, Fulton Public Schools, Fulton Police and Fire Departments, 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.


“This summer camp experience is intended to be a haven for gifted students, who will find there are others just like them—who value a love for learning, enjoy being challenged at school and have passionate interests,” Craghead said.


“The CK teachers make the curriculum opportunities possible and the CK atmosphere makes it work. The College for Kids goal is to provide a summer experience that will be long remembered.”


The program runs three sessions: June 20 – June 25 for students in third and fourth grades, June 27 – July 2 for students in fifth and sixth grade and July 11 – July 17 for students in seventh through ninth grade.


For more information, go to or contact Sue Craghead, director, at (573) 642-2935 or by e-mail at