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May 4, 2004

Smith-Northampton Summer School Offers Continuing Education for Kids

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Does your child want to learn how to make a book? Know what engineers do? Learn how to improve his/her tennis game? Know what it takes to create a Web page or a multimedia presentation? Not to mention, make new friends from around the area?

There's something for everyone at the Smith-Northampton Summer School, which will run from June 29 to July 30. Now in its 44th year, the school offers more than 50 enrichment and remedial courses, during three periods each weekday (except July 4) and is open to students in Grades 3 to 8 in public, independent and parochial schools in Northampton and surrounding communities. The school day is divided into three class sessions that begin at 7:55 a.m. and run until 12:15 p.m. This year, classes will be held at JFK Middle School.

Students may sign up for one athletic course -- swimming, tennis or basketball/indoor sports -- and choose two other courses from the many academic offerings. Enrichment courses range from chess to theater, from design and invention to "Baseball -- Then and Now," and from self-defense and safety to learning about a bug's life.

For those who are fascinated by computers, there are several different courses to choose from; and for budding scientists, there are courses on the natural world, orienteering and the universe, from bacteria to the Milky Way galaxy. There is a wide selection of art classes, as well as classes in journalism, bookmaking and poetry. Remedial courses are offered in reading, writing and math, including geometry and algebra.

Catalogues -- which include registration forms, program details and cost information -- are currently available in all area schools and at the Summer School office, Morgan Hall, 37 Prospect Street, Northampton, weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Registration begins May 5 and 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bridge Street School and will continue until the opening day on a space-available basis. For more information, call (413) 585-3250 until May 13, after which, call (413) 584-5811.


Office of College Relations
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Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

Marti Hobbes
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