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Patch.com has published its sampling of summer camp options for St. Petersburg and Pinellas County that includes St. Petersburg College for Kids.

The camp runs from June through August at nine locations throughout Pinellas County. More information about summer programs offered by SPC and community partners is available in the college’s news blog.

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 Career Pathways College for Kids

Looking for summer programs that are educational, motivational and fun? St. Petersburg College and community partners are hosting more than a dozen affordable summer camps and programs for elementary, middle and high school students.

Preparing for the future

Programs for middle and high school students focus on college, career and life skills preparation. Students can explore:

  • Crime scene investigation and public safety
  • Economics and finance
  • Firefighting
  • Pre-law and investigation
  • Technical aspects of musical theater

Earn college credit

Help your teen get a head start by earning college credit through Operation Graduate, Summer of Success and Youth Development Program. Eligible students also can earn college credits by registering for summer dual enrollment classes.

College for Kids

College for Kids has been providing an affordable, fun, educational summer experience for more than 30 years. Credentialed teachers at nine convenient locations in Pinellas County served more than 600 students last year. They expanded their SAM (Science, Art and Math) Camp locations this year to include both north and south county museum locations:

  • Museum of Fine Arts (Downtown St. Petersburg)
  • Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (SPC Tarpon Springs Campus)

Visit www.spcollege.edu/summerprograms and browse by age group for program descriptions, dates, costs and application details.

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The Palm Harbor Patch reported about three area teens who have been selling handmade decorative bows to raise money for a UNICEF water filtration project. “We started making the bows this summer while we were attending a St. Pete College for Kids camp at Curlew Creek Elementary School,” said Ronnie Riccobene, who attends Palm Harbor Middle School, explained in the article. “We made $160 and donated it to a Rotary program to help end polio. Then we decided we wanted to keep doing it when we got out of camp.

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83degreesmedia.com featured St. Petersburg College’s SAM or Science-Art-Math Camps, specialty summer camps for grades 3-7, in a July 17 article. The camps are part of SPC’s College for Kids program. “The camps are designed to open the eyes of kids that science and math are everywhere,” said Cecilia O’Dowd, coordinator of lifelong learning and the College for Kids program. The article describes the variety of SAM Camp activities, from designing indoor roller coasters to the math behind the baking of cookies.

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The 2012 College for Kids session kicked off June 12 and hosts a number of programs. Offerings include the traditional programs (grades K-5), middle school camps (grades 6-8), Musical Theater Camp (grades 6-12), and SAM (Science, Art and Math) Camp (grades 3-7). Select camps run through Aug. 3.

Campers at this year’s College for Kids classes at Garrison-Jones Elementary School are learning about Crime Scene Investigation. Using cocoa powder, camp participants learn how to dust for prints; how flour and cornmeal become the casting materials to obtain 3-D replicas of a variety of prints; and how mini-marshmallows and Twizzlers become double-stranded molecules of nucleic acids. The best part is that campers get to eat up almost all of the detective work they do.

Please call 727-341-3000 to register.

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Register now for College for Kids, which has offered every child a lifetime of memories and every parent an educational choice for their child for more than 30 years. Camps are offered for elementary and middle schoolers and begin June 12 and go through Aug. 3

Give your kids a fun summer launching rockets, creating their own small business, or expressing themselves on stage:

  • Regular camp (K-5)  at seven locations
  • Middle School Camp (6-8 grade)  at Curlew Creek Elementary and Pasadena Fundamental
  • Musical Theater Camp (6-12 grade)  at SPC Clearwater Campus

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Victoria Humphrey works with students on small character-themed posters

Victoria Humphrey is Miss University of Miam 2011. But not so long ago she was one of the kids in SPC’s College for Kids program. On Friday, she came back to College for Kids to deliver a message about character to a roomful of youngsters at Curlew Creek Elementary School in Palm Harbor.

Humphrey, a resident of Palm Harbor and a graduate of Palm Harbor University High School, remembered her sash and tiara, and she delivered a short but powerful message about the traits necessary for developing a strong and positive character.

Afterward, she had the youngsters break into smaller groups to work together on small character-themed posters. She brought a box full of stickers to hand out, too.

“I know they don’t want to listen to a long speech, so I try to keep it short and fun, and make sure the kids are involved in my presentation,” she said.

Humphrey interacted with the children for about an hour. She recalled that she spent three summers in the College for Kids program when she was in elementary school.

Humphrey is a freshman in the University of Miami’s General Honors Program, where she is a Hammond Scholar. Before winning the Miss University of Miami title, she was Florida’s Junior Miss 2010.

She was a National Achievement Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, and a varsity cheerleader at Palm Harbor University High School.

This summer she is back in Palm Harbor, living with her family and working at Publix, where she worked during high school.

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