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Kids can get a taste of college this summer at SFCC sessions

SPOKANE FALLS Community College Youth College offers three fun-filled weeks of educational, recreational and entertaining courses designed for boys and girls ages 9 to 13 at SFCC, located at 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive.

Participants choose from a variety of classes that vary in length from one to three hours. Start and end times are coordinated so students can take a number of classes each day. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m., with a break for lunch (students bring a brown bag lunch). Working parents can drop off their Youth College students at the “round-up area” between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., with pick-up hours set for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Weeks to choose from are June 20-24, June 27-July 1 and July 11-15. Class fees range from $31 to $165 depending on the activity.

Call 533-3522 or log on to YouthCollege for specific class descriptions, times and fees.

Counting pennies on Saturday

Kids for Kids Penny Drive, sponsored by Windermere Real Estate in the Spokane Valley, will take place Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Toys “R” Us parking lot at Sullivan and Broadway. Get a chance to meet Mother Goose, Alice in Wonderland and The White Rabbit, The Cat in the Hat, SpongeBob SquarePants and Spider-Man. Proceeds will benefit developmentally disabled children, to age 3, who attend the Spokane Guilds’ School and Neuromuscular Center.

Get running start

Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College team up for a Running Start information night April 19, 7 to 8 p.m., in the Lair-Student Center, Building 6, at SCC, 1810 N. Greene St. The program is open to area public high school juniors and seniors, Running Start at SCC and SFCC and allows students to earn community college credits while completing high school academic requirements. Running Start college credits transfer to most four-year colleges and universities in the state, allowing students to begin college with advanced standing, while the community colleges’ lower tuition rate allows families to save on college expenses. Running Start students also can enroll in SCC and SFCC’s professional-technical programs, such as culinary arts, automotive technology, graphic design or environmental sciences, and earn a two-year associate in applied science degree.

At information night, which is free and open to the public, students and parents can meet current Running Start students attending SCC and SFCC to hear firsthand about their college experiences. Running Start counselors/coordinators also will be available to explain how students can enroll in the program. For information, call 434-5162.

AAP sponsors art contest

The American Academy of Pediatrics invites children to participate in a national art contest to celebrate the AAP’s 75th anniversary this year. The contest is open to boys and girls in two age groups, grades 3 to 5 and 6 to 8. The winner in each age group and their parents/guardians will be invited to attend the 2005 AAP National Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, for the culmination of the yearlong 75th anniversary celebration.

Both age group winners will receive $500 as will their schools; the second-place winners will each receive $250, with $250 for the child’s school. Winners and some other entrants will have their artwork featured on the AAP Web site and in other promotional materials. The theme of the contest is “Healthy things to do.”

To enter, children should submit an original piece of art to: American Academy of Pediatrics, Art Contest, 141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Official entry forms must accompany all entries and are available online at Entries must be postmarked by June 1. Winners will be announced on the AAP Web site in July and will be notified in writing.

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