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New 'Kids College' program to debut in Alta this summer

Thursday, March 28, 2002

Most of the children in the Alta school system will be too young and will not have enough education to attend classes at college campuses such as Iowa State, Northern Iowa or Buena Vista University this summer.

However, youths of the community will be able to attend their own specialized university for one week in June this year - Kids College.

Val Rosenthal, an Alta resident who also teaches in the Storm Lake school system, will lead the first Kids College from June 10-14 in the Alta Elementary School.

The college, which will help children in kindergarten through sixth grades, will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day, and Rosenthal said it would help give students access to classes they would not normally have in a regular school setting.

"What we're trying to do is offer the students an opportunity to study and be exposed to new and different things," Rosenthal said. "We will be giving them choices to learn how to do things such as working with wood, building a kite, learning the rules of golf and a number of other hobby-type activities that we think they would enjoy. We're excited about this, because they'll be able to learn about things that aren't taught in regular school curriculums."

Rosenthal came up with the idea for Kids College one year ago, when she noticed that her two children, who attend classes in Alta, did not have much to do in the summer.

Rosenthal, a member of the Alta Action Team, went before the committee to offer her suggestion, which was greeted enthusiastically by those on the board.

Leaders of Kids College will begin asking citizens of Alta in April if they would like to donate their time to help teach the basics of the hobbies and crafts they enjoy to students, and Rosenthal is looking forward to a positive response.

"We're hoping to have a number of community members volunteer," Rosenthal said. "Even people who don't necessarily want to teach something can help in a number of different areas."

Registration letters for Kids College will be sent out to the parents of children in May, and Rosenthal hopes to see an enthusiastic response from the town this June.

"I'm glad that we're starting something that will help out the kids," Rosenthal said. "I'm pretty optimistic that this is something that will continue for many years to come."

For further information, contact Rosenthal at 284-2865.

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