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Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Second session of Grant Wood AEA's College for Kids is underway

July 19, 2010

Contact: Grant Wood AEA
Communications Office
(319) 399-6714


Cedar Rapids…Since 1987, Grant Wood Area Education Agency’s College for Kids has provided summer enrichment opportunities for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in Area 10.

Nearly 500 students are participating in the second session of the 2010 Grant Wood AEA College for Kids planned July 12-23. Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:50 a.m. at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids is a summer enrichment program offering advanced level academic and fine arts courses in the college setting to students in talented and gifted programs who have completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade.

New courses for the 2010 Grant Wood AEA College for Kids include The Holocaust, various engineering focused classes, Weather, Scandal Rocks the 1920s, Environmental Art, and Broadway Musicals.

Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, explained that students who are eligible have the opportunity to participate in Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids. “ Students are identified for either the College for Kids Academic Enrichment strand or the Art/Fine Art strand by their school,” Green explained. 

“Through the College for Kids experience, students are offered an introduction to advanced curricula more commonly found at the high school and college level,” she continued. “Students can also select classes to further explore a hobby or a topic of interest not typically available in middle school general education.”

Green estimates that more than 11,900 students in Area 10 have participated in approximately 600 different College for Kids classes since the program began in 1987. “Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids has experienced a long history of success due to the ongoing support of students, parents, teachers, and the course instructors,” Green commented.

For more information about Grant Wood AEA’s College for Kids, contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, at 1-800-798-9771, Ext. 6775, (319) 399-6775,
e-mail to or visit the Grant Wood AEA website at

Grant Wood Area Education Agency provides instructional and school management services for 32 school districts and 22 approved nonpublic schools in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties.

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Note to Media:

Very visual activities. Contact Susie Green, GWAEA student programs specialist, in the Gage Union (lower level) upon arrival at Coe College, July 12-23, 8:30-11:50 a.m.