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January 27, 2005

UW Summer Youth Programs to start registering Feb. 7

Attention parents: It may be midwinter, but it’s not too soon to think about summertime options for your school-age children. In fact, registration for the UW’s Summer Programs for Youth begins on Feb. 7.

The UW offers lively educational programs for elementary, middle and high school students, beginning in late June and running into mid-August. UW Summer Programs for Youth are created and overseen by the UW Educational Outreach Program.

The programs are all open to the public, but UW staff and faculty have a sort of head start, with a certain number of reserved spaces set aside for their children if they register by March 1.

Paul Highsmith, assistant director of academic programs for UW extension, said the summer programs have been offered for 20 years or more. They began as a way to provide child care for children of faculty and staff, but expanded into educational offerings due to the wide array of teaching talent and facilities available on campus.

Elementary school sessions incorporate art, science, drama and creative writing through a different theme each session, and the themes are new each year, Highsmith said. Session titles for grades one through six, for example, are “Under the Sea,” “Flight” and “It’s About Time.” A summer day camp at the Washington Park Arboretum also is among the options.

Courses abound for middle and high school students as well. Topics for middle school sessions include studies and activities about law, art and architecture, writing, robotics and inventions.

For more information, visit online at http://www.summeryouth.washington.edu, or call 206-685-8936.