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 fourth year, starting June 14. This summer marks 21 years for the program’s existence.


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


The children participating in the summer program have the opportunity to take a three-hour course in the morning and a two-hour course in the afternoon. Classes address contemporary issues and problems using a higher level of integrative, analytical and critical thinking. 


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 disciplines while at the same time addressing the affective and physical needs of the gifted.  


Evenings at the camp are filled with team building and leadership activities. They 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 agencies such as the Fulton Fire Department, SERVE, Center Court Office Supply, William Woods University and the Fulton Police Dept., assist the program in various ways throughout the week.


College for Kids: A Summer Exploration, Inc. was started 23 years ago when teachers of the gifted formed a program for children who wanted to continue learning during the summer.


The program runs three sessions: June 14 – June 19 for students in third and fourth grades, June 21 – June 26 for students in fifth and sixth grade and July 5 – July 11 for students in seventh through ninth grade.


For more information, contact Sue Craghead, director, at (573) 642-8980 or by e-mail at