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Kids on Campus

Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids on Campus” – a summer enrichmentprogram for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academiclife on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technologyskills.The program is a partnership with Pickaway HELPS (Higher Education for LearnersPartnership) and Ohio Christian University with generous support from PPGindustries.Campus rarely lacks youthful exuberance, but having Kids on Campus really broughta child-rich energy. It wasn’t just the adults who enjoyed having the kids around; thekids had fun too. Here are some of the student responses on the end-of-coursesurvey responding to the questions: What did you like best? “Friendly teachers andkids.” “Experiments!” “Going on the tour of campus.” “I liked everything to the moonand back 2,000 times!!!” Additionally, students said they felt “smart,” “excited,”“grown-up,” “like I’m in college,” “I’m too old next year— boo!”“This is a meaningful experience across the board to students of all ages,” saidChristy Mills, executive director of Pickaway HELPS. Mills adds, “The elementarylevel kids participated in lots of hands-on fun activities with the bonus ofestablishing an early familiarity and comfort level with a college campus.” Accordingto Mills, “Each year enrollment has grown from the first year when 20 participated.In the past we added afternoon sessions and technology, then this year we addedart, and again had more students participate in Kids on Campus than ever before.Plans are already in process for the addition of music classes in 2016.”OCU is looking forward to hosting the 10th year of Kids on Campus next summer. Photos courtesy of Circleville Herald.