Community Learning at C of I proves FUN for all

About 18 kids scoured three crime scenes roped off in yellow tape, eager to unravel the mystery of who nabbed a professor’s dog. Looking at clues, collecting evidence and dusting for fingerprints, the kids gradually uncovered the story the evidence told.

The class, ‘CSI: Detective Camp,’ was one of The College of Idaho’s Community Learning classes being offered this summer.

“It was a blast to teach the class,” said Allan Laird, director of C of I Campus Safety. “Watching their ears turn in their heads as they were identifying possible suspects and how the evidence tied in was so much fun.”

The class was so popular that even a few adults tried to sign up for it, Laird said. Even though that particular class was limited to kids, the excitement and fun of new experiences has been open to all ages. With more than 30 classes being offered, the local community has had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of new passions and skills.

Nancy Johnson-Cassulo took the ‘Pottery Camp for Adults’ class, getting her hands wet with clay and making about 15 different pieces while experimenting with different firing techniques. The class was only her second time working with pottery—the other time being in seventh grade. And she learned more than how to shape and mold clay.

“I was amazed at how much chemistry was involved in the class,” she said. “You’re learning about how the materials react to each other, how the glazes react to the firing and how the firings create different looks.”

And there is still time to explore and have some fun of your own before the summer is over. Classes still to come include:

•             Early Morning Yoga: Tues/Thurs July 19-28, 7-8 a.m., $29

•             Elevating Tailgating: Thursday July 21, 6:30-8 p.m., $39

•             Painting with Paper Pulp: Thursday July 21, 10 a.m. to non, ages 8-12, $29

•             Bookmaking 101: July 26 and 27, 9 a.m. to noon, $99.

•             The Making of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: August 1 and 2, 6-8pm, at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, $29.

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Also, be on the lookout for a great lineup of Community Learning classes at The College of Idaho this fall!

“The students are having a blast, and I think the instructors are having just as much fun,” said Rebecca Wilhite, C of I director of special programs. “You’re never too young or too old to learn something new, especially within the great atmosphere our Community Learning classes provide.”