Enrollment Deadline for Marshall South Charleston Enrichment Program Extended

Updated 28 weeks ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The enrollment deadline for Marshall University's summer enrichment program in the Charleston area for students in grades K-12 has been extended to Monday, June 9.

The five-week program, which integrates hands-on, activity-based learning experiences with supervised clinical training for Marshall graduate students, will take place each Monday through Thursday from June 16-July 17 at Stonewall Jackson Middle School. Sessions will run from 8 to 11:30 a.m., with breakfast and lunch provided for those under 18 years of age.

Students from the university's special education, school counseling and school psychology departments will work with participants, offering learning experiences in reading, writing and math. Assessment and counseling services are also available.

"Both group counseling and individual counseling will be available," said school psychology student Marci Hankins. "It's important to note that group counseling can be beneficial for everybody; a student doesn't have to be having problems to benefit. It's an opportunity to work on interpersonal skills, such as working together, taking turns, or social skills. Individual therapy is helpful if a student is having a little more difficulty behaviorally or academically. It's more focused. Students will have access to both."

Christa Rucker, also in the school psychology program, says a unique aspect of the program is its approach to learning and its camp-like atmosphere. "We differ from the regular classroom setting because we do lots of hands-on activities. You're learning while doing all these fun things!" she said. And using the theme, "America the Beautiful," the classes will be integrating activities with geographical areas of the country, she added.

Assessment is a big part of the program, but it's not a requirement, said Kami Wendel, who will be another of the supervised school psychology students working in the program. "We try to do assessment before sessions start so that we have a curriculum-based measure to use with math and reading, for example," she said.

Graduate students participating in the program are closely supervised and receive daily feedback. "We're excited about taking part; it's going to be good for us, our mentors and teachers, and for every student," Hankins said.

The cost for the program is $100 per student, which supports the operating costs. Tuition assistance is available, so no one should let cost deter them from applying, according to Dr. Sandra Stroebel of Marshall's College of Education and Professional Development, who is coordinating the program. For additional information or to register, contact Stroebel by phone at 304-746-2032 or 800-642-9842, ext. 2032, or by e-mail at stroebel@marshall.edu.

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