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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • College for Kids returns to LRSC

  • On Monday afternoon a group of local children examined a crime scene and then studied a broken window to identify the bullet patten according to the cracks.

     


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  • On Monday afternoon a group of local children examined a crime scene and then studied a broken window to identify the bullet patten according to the cracks.
    The next day, those same kids learned about tool impressions and fingerprints. On Wednesday, they learned handwriting analysis and attended a “blood spatter lab” and “smells lab.”
    And they called it going to school.
    “We're back by popular demand,” said Susan Connell, who is teaching the Crime Scene Investigation class at the annual College for Kids.
    College of Kids is an event held each summer at Lake Region State College to introduce area children to the campus and get them excited about future careers.
    Randy Olson, who serves as the coordinator of the event each year, said many of the favorite classes have been brought back, such as cooking, basketball, police academy and nurse camp, but there are also some new additions.
    This year a course on Wind Energy was held, where students conducted experiments and created their own wind turbines. Also new to the curriculum were Fitness ABC's, Volleyball Fun, Fit Kids, Cheerleading and American Sign Language.
    “The big thing is College for Kids is fun, there's no homework and hopefully they come away learning something,” Olson said.
    He said getting together with other children during the middle of summer is also one of the highlights for the youngsters.
    “They have this time to meet other kids or friends they already have,” he said. “If you come in at break time you'd swear they were all friends, it's a zoo!”
    This year there are a record 141 children attending College for Kids, making it the third consecutive year that enrollment topped 100.
    Olson said they work with a number of local agencies, but most of the children that attend have heard about it from other kids.
    “Our best recruiting tool is the word of mouth,” he said.
    College for Kids will wrap up tonight with a “Recap Night” event, beginning at 5 p.m. in the auto tech shop at Lake Region State College. A light meal will be served and some students will showcase projects they created during the week.
    “It's a fun night to get together,” Olson said. “It's open to parents, kids, family, friends, anyone that wants to come.”
    Ramsey County Farmers Union will be sponsoring the supper, with Leevers Foods and Lakeview Dairy providing the snacks throughout the week.
    “Our college has always felt the community is just super to us,” Olson said. “Whatever is needed here, they are always willing to give. That's our community here, everybody supports everybody.”