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College for Kids begins at WNCC Douglas

by Deanna Abbott

The Western Nevada Community College “College for Kids” program offers educational enrichment classes that will challenge and entertain children, with classes now offered in Douglas County.

The class schedule for the months of February and March includes a variety of arts and crafts classes, music classes and computer classes. Most classes are conveniently located at the the new Douglas campus on Bently Parkway, south off Buckeye Road. The computer classes will be held at Minden Elementary School, located off Buckeye Road on Baler Street.

In Creative Keepsakes for Kids, the students will create a keepsakes album and learn the correct way to keep artwork, photos and writings in an acid-free environment. Many tools, such as pattern scissors, light table and templates, will be used. Students should pick out their favorite photos, pictures and keepsakes to take to class. The class is offered on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and meets Feb. 3 through Feb. 24. This class is for grades 3-8. Debbie Lambin is the instructor.

The VIP (Valentines for Important People) class is offered on Feb. 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Students will make valentines and projects involving cutting shapes, glitter gluing and using sequins. Those who wear something red will get a neat surprise. This class is for grades 1-6. Debbie Lambin in the instructor.

In Introduction to Painting and Drawing, the students will learn basic drawing techniques such as shading, values and perspective. Painting techniques, using acrylic paint, will be incorporated with drawing. Students will complete one painting form beginning to end. The class is offered on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There are two different sessions available, the first meets Feb. 5 through March 12 and the second meets March 19 through April 23. Mark Tompkins is the instructor.

Songs with a Smile is a class that will focus on students learning to sing an assortment of songs that will emphasize positive feelings. Kids will have fun while they learn to enjoy music. The last day of class, the students will perform a mini-program for their families. The class is offered on Mondays from Feb. 22 through March 29, 3:30 to 4:20 p.m., for grades 1-3 and 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. for grades 4-6. Cindy mcIntosh is the instructor.

The College for Kids program also includes computer camps and arts and crafts camps that are offered during the day for the first week of March. These classes are geared for off-track elementary students.

Come Inside the Applehouse is a computer camp for grades 1-3. The students explore the software, Magic Applehouse, while they learn about computer basics including database and spreadsheets. The class will use Kids Works Deluxe to create little books and Read, Write and Type, a primary keyboarding program. The class is offered Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, and will meet at Minden Elementary School in the computer lab. Sherrie Lugone is the instructor.

Tesselmania is the computer camp for grades 4-6. In the process of creating beautiful geometric designs on the computer, kids will learn programming basics using MicroWorlds, a programming language for children. The class will also explore the world of tesselation, fascinating interlocking designs. The class is offered Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 5, 1 to 4 p.m. and will meet at Minden Elementary School in the computer lab. Sherrie Lugone is the instructor.

Hands on Arts and Crafts Camp is a class where the kids will work with clay, paints, paper, rubber stamping, drawing, etc. At least one project will be completed each day. The class is offered Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 5. The class for grades 1-3 meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and the class for grades 4-6 meets from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Debbie Lambin is the instructor.

For more information about the classes and their costs, call WNCC Douglas at 782-2413, or e-mail Deanna Abbott, Douglas Campus Community Service Coordinator at dabbott@scs.unr.edu. To enroll your child in any of the College for Kids classes, go to the administrative office of WNCC Douglas between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students must register at least three working days before the start date of their classes.

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