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July 16, 2014

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College for Kids offers summer fun

DANVILLE — The long neck and head on 12-year-old Sebastian Kelly’s clay brontosaurus just didn’t want to stay stuck to the creature’s body.

After several tries, Sebastian decided his clay creature would better off as a stegosaurus.

“It’s a stegosaurus, with a seal face, pig feet and eagle wings,” Sebastian said. “I’m going to name him Yrimir.”

Sebastian was just one of several youngsters who let their imagination run wild in the Create with Clay class Tuesday morning during College for Kids at Danville Area Community College.

A ponytailed Sammy Jo Swift, 9, explained her unique clay creature.

“It’s a fish with wings and a pig nose,” she said.

Laura Hensgen, coordinator of continuing education, corporate and community education at DACC, who looked at each of the children’s clay projects, commented, “There’s lots of creativity going on here.”

The class, taught by Meade Park fifth-grade teacher Mallory Buss, will create clay animals, coil pots and pinch pots this week. The children also will have the opportunity to throw a pot on a potter’s wheel.

“All their stuff will be fired in a kiln,” Buss said.

Create with Clay is one of 33 College for Kids’ classes being offered to third- through eighth-graders this summer. Some of the other class offerings include acting for beginners, ancient Egypt, kitchen science, LEGO robotics and TV production.

Hensgen said about 67 children participated in three weeklong College for Kids experiences this week, which ends Friday.

Eight College for Kids classes will be offered next week at the DACC Higher Learning Center-Hoopeston, 847 E. Orange St. The Hoopeston classes run from 9-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In the World Foods and Culture class, youngsters analyzed Japanese newspapers and noted the seemingly Americanized advertisements for cars, trucks and hotels. The class also will sample cuisine from different countries throughout the week.

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