Summer programs are one way to get out of the heat |

Summer programs are one way to get out of the heat

As the weather gets warmer Park City School District is gearing up for summer programs.

A final schedule of offerings will be available the first week of April. The tentative schedule includes a variety of programs for ages 3 and up with the majority of classes geared towards students ages 6 through 12.

The classes are open to any student, including those who do not reside in the Park City School District. The aim of classes is to give children an entertaining learning experience.

"We really try to make our programs fun and include something educational," said Judy Tukuafu, Director of Community Education for PCSD.

New classes this summer include a Jr. Chef School for younger students that are interested in learning to cook, a photography class, A "Harry" Week for all things Harry Potter, a "Rhythms of Life Camp" featuring drumming and African dance and a Repertory Dance Theatre workshop for teens.

An eclectic mix of classes is being offered to engage students over the summer.

"In any given week we try to have a variety," Tukuafu said.

The Coordinator of After School Programs at Parley’s Park Elementary School, Cherie Goodliffe, will teach several of the summer classes this year.

"What we’re trying to do with our summer program is to provide reinforcement and enrichment for their academics," she said.

While the classes give them something productive to do they also develop creativity along with a new skill while participating in the classes.

Goodliffe will be teaching the Jr. Chef School where she hopes to combine cultural lessons with ethnic recipes.

"I’m going to try and give it an international flavor," she said.

The class incorporates math and art as students will learn to break down recipes and how to present food in a way that is aesthetically pleasing.

In "See Under the Sea" Goodliffe will introduce preschoolers to marine life while bringing art into the classroom.

"It’s going to be science, but I utilize different types of media. One day I might focus on sharks, and I have some really fun shark songs and we might make shark puppets," she said.

Goodliffe likes to integrate multiple disciplines into her instruction.

"It’s teaching the whole child, it’s not just focusing on one area of the child," she said adding that it fosters learning in a creative, social and well rounded program.

Other summer offerings include a puppet theatre, a dinosaur class and "Crime Solvers," taught by the Summit County Sheriffs’ Office that introduces students to investigative techniques.

Several art classes are being taught by highly qualified instructors.

"We have certified art teachers," Tukuafu said.

There will be an art camp, multimedia drawing, fantasy art for students who want to illustrate a world of mythical creatures and an animation class.

Many classes last for a week and the costs vary. Some, such as the reading clubs for elementary students are free.

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