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Summer fun found at fair

By Josh Burton

The fourth annual "What's a Kid to Do?" fair, sponsored by the Amarillo Globe-News, was held Saturday at the Amarillo Civic Center.

The event is part of Celebrate Education.

Different organizations at the fair showcased summer classes and camps available to children.

Meredith Homen, 9, takes gymnastics classes through Amarillo College.

She has met many friends through the classes and said her favorite part is tumbling.

"I've always wanted to fly, and being in the air is a blast," Homen said.

Her mom, Alice Homen, is president of the Amarillo Competitive Gymnastics Association and teaches gymnastics to children at AC.

"What I see is their growth," Alice Homen said. "Not just physical development, but their self-confidence, friendships."

Michael Hawk was there with his family trying to find activities for his 5-year-old daughter.

She's interested in horses and science, Hawk said.

Amarillo College offers many programs for children and adults during the summer, including 125 gymnastics classes, leisure studies coordinator Luke Morrison said.

"We're basically doing everything under the sun," Morrison said. "You have all types of age ranges, depending on the class."

Many classes begin June 2, the Monday after Amarillo Independent School District closes its doors for the summer, Morrison said.

Other booths with summer camps included West Texas A&M University and the Amarillo Family YMCA.

Nina Barbee, director of the Office of Continuing Education, said WT offers many classes during the summer.

On Saturday, there was a lot of interest in the sports camps, Barbee said. The college also has band camps available.

The university also offers a full-day camp, Camp Tatanka, which runs June 2 to Aug. 15, Barbee said.

The YMCA offers many activities through the summer including a summer camp, said Linda Reis, chief operating officer.

The summer camp runs from May 30 through Aug. 11 at all three branches of the YMCA, Reis said.

calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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