CU Holds First Hodgenville Kids College

CU Holds First Hodgenville Kids College


Kids College students pictured in the front row from left are: Molly Sullivan, Tara Warren, Anna Ronkainen, Matthew Vidrine and Gabe Graham. Second row: Millie Ronkainen, Erin Mattingly, Paige Reid, John Ronkainen, Chase Watson and Timmy Williams. Not pictured are: Cee Cee Creech, Kai Creech and Wesley Graham, all of Campbellsville.  (Campbellsville University Photo by Ashley Zsedenyi)

July 27, 2009

For Immediate Release




By Ashley Zsedenyi, staff writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Molten lava flowed as dinosaurs walked the Earth in Hodgenville last week.


This was the scene at Campbellsville University’s first Kids College July 20-23 at Hodgenville’s City Hall.


Fourteen students in grades three through eight spent four half days in two of the following classes: Can you build it?, No Boys Allowed, No Girls Allowed, Mad Scientist and American Girl Fun.


In the classes, students participated in numerous activities, including baking cookies, examining rocks, building wooden dinosaurs and boats, making mosaic paper weights, learning how to use power tools, building miniature tool boxes, making volcanoes, bath fizzies and tie-dyed pillow cases, as well as numerous others.


Students who attended Kids College were: Tara Warren of Hodgenville, homeschooled; Anna, John and Millie Ronkainen of Hodgenville, homeschooled; Timmy Williams of Campbellsville, a student at Taylor County Middle School;


Erin Mattingly of Hodgenville, homeschooled; Paige Reid of Loretto, a student at Lebanon Middle School; Chase Watson of Hodgenville, a student at LaRue County Middle School; Matthew Vidrine of Hodgenville, a student at LaRue County Middle School;


Gabe Graham of Campbellsville, homeschooled; Molly Sullivan of Campbellsville, a student at Taylor County Elementary School; Cee Cee Creech of Campbellsville, homeschooled; Kai Creech of Campbellsville, homeschooled; and Wesley Graham of Campbellsville, homeschooled.


Mattingly said her favorite part of Kids College was “making a collage out of magazines,” while Reid said she enjoyed making tie-dyed pillow cases most.


All the boys agreed that building wooden dinosaurs was their favorite activity, but Gabe Graham said he also enjoyed the Mad Scientist class.


Carol Sullivan, director of CU’s Technology Training Center and coordinator of Kids College, said, “We greatly appreciate the City of Hodgenville and Mayor (Terry) Cruise for making the City Hall/Civic Center available for the first Hodgenville Kids College.”


“Kids College provides students with opportunities to broaden the scope of their interests and interact with other outstanding young people,” Sullivan said.


Campbellsville University holds Kids College each summer at the main campus, and just this year expanded to off-campus locations in Albany, Ky., and Hodgenville.


CU is planning to hold the second annual Kids College in summer 2010 at the new Hodgenville Campus site.


For more information about Kids College, contact Sullivan at 270-789-5395 or e-mail


Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.