Plenty of summer educational opportunities in area

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Editorial: June 27, 2014

TOPIC: Summer educational opportunities
OUR VIEW: Learning never takes a break

School has been out of session for only a few weeks, but the opportunity to learn and keep a mind sharp is available for the taking.

A handful of learning camps for various ages provide youngsters to broaden their knowledge. The opportunity to learn never takes a summer break.

Whether it's a reading program at the local library, a structured camp or a set of books to read between school sessions, children are able to, at the very least, maintain what they have learned through the school year.

The Central Ken­tucky Community Foundation’s Get Ready! camp, now in its third year, helps prepare children birth to age 5 with developmental skills through various play tactics and the children are taught by educators with a background in early childhood education.

The camp, which ends Thursday, has been held at Helmwood Heights, Van Voorhis, G.C. Burkhead and North Park elementary schools. Children were taught fine motor skills, colors, numbers, letters, shapes, patterns, sequences, sorting, for instance.

Now in its seventh year, Eliza­beth­town Community and Tech­nical College again offered Kids College to area children. Students in grades first through ninth were able to enroll in a classes like Beginning Robotics, Forensic Science and Success Skills for Life at the Elizabethtown, Leitchfield and Springfield campuses.

More than 200 students took advantage of the offering. Officials believe an early look at potential careers can become a "pipeline" from education to jobs.

Another offering at ECTC is Career Craze. At the Elizabethtown campus, children ages 11 to 15 can enroll in industrial robotics technology. This class is at 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 14-17. Seating for this class is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hardin County Schools has been ahead of the summer learning curve for several years as well with its Camp Invention, a program that has now been held for 10 years.

The program is for children in grades kindergarten through fifth and for a week, the students spend time with lessons focused around science, math and problem solving.

Or maybe the way some students kept their minds on education was through reading programs.

Whatever it has been or may be, there are plenty of opportunities to broaden the educational foundation in students and still enjoy a summer break.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.