Excited children’s voices could be heard all over Black River Technical College’s Pocahontas campus during the week of June 13-16 as 119 students enjoyed Kids’ College for its 16th year.
The Office of Corporate and Community Education sponsors the event each year. Students entering the 1st grade through the 6th grade participate in a variety of educational and creative programs. Patti Blaxton, Director of Corporate and Community Education explained most of the classes are presented by area volunteers and businesses.
The classes offered included: Pedal Cars, presented by Army National Guard; In the Barnyard, by FFA & 5-Star 4-H; Electric Safety, by Clay County Electric; Fire Safety, presented by Pocahontas Fire Department; Arkansas Wildlife and Basics of Fish and Fishing, presented by Arkansas Game and Fish; Secret Language of Flowers, presented by Five Rivers Master Gardeners; 4-H Yoga, presented by Randolph County Cooperative Extension; Furry and Feathered Friends, presented by Randolph County Humane Society; Take a Hike, presented by Crowley’s Ridge State Park; Want to be a Millionaire?, presented by iBERIABANK; Churning & Chores, presented by Powhatan Historic State Park; What’s the Buzz About?, presented by Lake Charles State Park, and Hands on Music, presented by Marr Street Productions & Marilyn’s Clogging Co.
Other classes sponsored by BRTC were: Creative Crafts, Wonders of Magic, Fun-N-Games, Scavenger Hunt, Wind Spinners and Please Pass the Manners.
Another important element of Kids’ College is the help of all the volunteers who serve as class leaders and helpers. Volunteers included: Madison Akins, Ruth Ann Ellis, Pat Lambert, Emma Turner, Caitlin Briner Hill, Leslie Throesch and Jaden Edington. Employees of BRTC also made up many of the volunteers throughout the week.
Special thanks to Price Chopper and Frito Lay of Pocahontas, Turner Dairy of Paragould, and Joe Reynolds of JMR Enterprises who provided snacks for the children each day.
Photos from Kids’ College can be viewed on the BRTC website at: https://blackrivertech.org/community/cce/kids-college