PINCKNEYVILLE – Some of the youngest at Pinckneyville Grade School recently became college students for a day, thanks to a program through Rend Lake College’s Community Education program and the RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus.
Ten curious and creative students – Dakotah, Justin, Korey, Hannah, Stephen, Sydney, Madison, Keaton, Levi and Sarah – signed up to see just what the Christmas Cards for Kids course was all about. What they found was fun with friends, scissors, glue and some of the coolest techniques known on today’s crafty market.
Taught by Courtney Overturf, a Kindergarten teacher at Pinckneyville Grade School, Christmas Cards for Kids included all of the above, plus techniques to create cards by using stamps and heat embossing.
The students met at Pinckneyville Grade School, made four cards each of three different designs and prepared them for postage with color-coordinated envelopes.
Justin, Korey and Dakotah said that they were going to give their Christmas card creations to their parents and grandparents. Sarah said she was making cards for her parents and her cousins.
When asked how it felt to be a Rend Lake College student for the afternoon, she simply shrugged her shoulders and said, “I don’t know.”
Overturf and Community Education coordinators, along with Heather Bauersachs at the RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus, have more in store for children and adults looking to learn.
Overturf will be teaching Perfect Party Planning and Parents’ Guide to Surviving Kindergarten, prior to a Kids’ Camp in the summer.
Perfect Party Planning will instruct those who want to throw the perfect party but don’t know how. Topics will include whipping up a special theme that will wow guests at a birthday party, holiday party, casual get-together or shower. The cost-effective, do-it-yourself scrapbooking and stamping techniques taught by Overturf will teach hosts how to make decorations that impress guests but don’t dent the bank account. Overturf will provide all the materials needed for a $20 fee.
Parents’ Guide to Surviving Kindergarten will teach participants what to expect, along with how to use the best techniques for coping with separation anxiety, studying and learning that will help parents and students make it through that first year of school. The fee is only $5 to begin building a strong educational foundation that will help a child in his or her path to learning.
To sign up, or get more information on any of the upcoming courses, one may contact RLC Community Education Coordinators Dawn Gibson or Lori Ragland at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1267 and 1367.