Union College Offers Summer Learning Program for Children

Published on
June 12, 2017

Summer Learning Program Union College will host a three-week summer learning program for Knox County children ages 6 through 13. Dr. Marcia Hawkins, Union College president, announced that this program represents Union’s introductory affiliation with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

“Part of our mission at Union College is dedicated to the health and prosperity of our community,” said Dr. Hawkins. “We serve our mission well at the collegiate level, and we want to serve as a catalyst and resource to achieve this at other educational levels for our children and our community.”

Dr. Hawkins said the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is a “great network that impacts thousands of young lives” each day at centers throughout the country. She noted that “this part of Kentucky and greater Appalachia are underserved by these kinds of educational, healthy-lifestyle, character-building programs.” Dr. Hawkins reached out to Ms. Kateena Haynes, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Harlan County and found her an enthusiastic proponent of Union’s intention to affiliate with BGCA.  

“Boys and Girls Clubs offer children a variety of programs and educational benefits that will have a positive impact on their rest of their lives,” said Ms. Haynes. “It is a blessing to see the Boys and Girls Clubs of America extend their reach beyond Harlan County and to Union College in order to provide an even greater impact on the future of our region.”

Haynes said the Harlan County Boys and Girls Club began in 2003 as a youth sports organization, but has grown to incorporate a number of athletic, academic and development programs operating throughout the year and serving more than 2,000 youth. The only other Boys and Girls Club in any proximity to Knox County is in Lexington.

The summer learning program at Union College is a pilot program intended to lead to an afterschool and summer program for Knox County youth. Dr. Hawkins said the Union College 2017 summer learning program will support 40 children, in age-appropriate groups. The program is entitled “Follow the Steam” and will incorporate STEAM curriculum – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts (including Language Arts) and Math. In addition, children in the program will participate in recreational opportunities each day.

The program will be held weekdays from July 10 through July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents are encouraged to pre-register for the program. Registration packets are available at the Union College Student Center, Union College Library, Knox County Public Library, Knox County Board of Education and the Barbourville Tourism Office.

For more information: please contact the Union College president’s office at 606-546-1625 or email PresidentsOffice@unionky.edu

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