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 sixth year, starting June 19.

Children who qualify to
participate in College for Kids are gifted students in grades three through
nine from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Jersey and several other
Throughout the week they have the option of taking major courses for three hours
each morning and 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
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.  
Another 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
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
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.
 College for Kids goal is to provide a
summer experience that will be long remembered.”
The program runs three sessions: June 19–June 24 for
students in third and fourth grades, June 26–July 1 for students in fifth and
sixth grade and July 10–July 16 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