EAST PEORIA, Ill. – More than 300 students from across the area are spending their summer at ICC’s East Peoria campus for the College for Kids summer camp. They learn things like making desserts, dance choreography and some acting skills.
“We have so many topics that are not covered in a regular school and also if they want to explore other areas in depth, they can come to a class,” said Steffi Xu, coordinator ICC Youth Programs.
This program is designed to keep students active and that seems to be their favorite part.
“It’s very hands on, which is fun. It’s like learning while having fun and the teachers are very nice, they help you through everything,” said Addison Armistead.
This program not only teaches students but it also helps them develop social skills.
“I make a lot of friends here that I don’t normally make in school. I’m very shy sometimes so I don’t like to go up to people. Here, you make friends even when you don’t mean to,” said Armistead.
Students are also exposed to a college campus.
“Some of them are a little worried the first few days because of the huge campus they have to walk around but after the first few days they’ll be okay with that,” said Xu.
That’s the case for Sara, who says this has helped her get mentally prepared for middle school next school year. As the first session concludes Thursday, she is finishing on a high note.
“I really like joining ICC and I really want to come back next year because it’s been the best two weeks of my life,” said Sara Rashdan.
To register for the next session that starts July 8th, you can go to https://campusce.icc.edu/youth/category/category.aspx?C=&S=64