Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Marking 30 years of summer fun at Your College

Dr. Deana Savage, founder of Midland College’s KIDS’ COLLEGE program in 1983,
and some of this year’s KIDS’ COLLEGE participants.
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Temperatures rose and so did the fun factor at Midland College this summer as MC celebrated its 30th anniversary of KIDS’ COLLEGE. Over 1,600 youngsters flocked to the MC campus in June and added a little learning to their summer fun.

Each year KIDS’ COLLEGE is a favorite activity for young Midlanders during the hot summer days. Children in grades 1-6 choose from a wide variety of classes that center around personal development, sports, science/math and the arts. In addition, young adults age 14+ acquire great work experience while they serve as assistants for MC’s KIDS’ COLLEGE teachers and staff. Thanks to donations from the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation and Abell Hanger Foundation, scholarships were provided so that even more Midland youth could enjoy the activities.

Dr. Deana Savage, who is now MC special advisor to the president, started the summer enrichment program in 1983, less than a year after she was first employed at MC as lead administrator of MC’s continuing education program. Savage stated that at the time the college had never attempted a program for elementary-aged students. The program was an immediate success, and KIDS’ COLLEGE at MC has become a model program that has been emulated by other community colleges throughout the state.

“Some of our former KIDS’ COLLEGE participants have attended Midland College after they graduated from high school, and now their children are taking part in KIDS’ COLLEGE,” stated Savage. “I can’t believe it’s been 30 years. The clothing styles have changed, but the smiles on these young faces and the ensuing laughter will always be one of my favorite things about summer at MC!”

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