CU Kids College held at Albany First Baptist Church

CU Kids College held at Albany First Baptist Church

The Mad Scientist class is always a top favorite for kids who love science and inventing. Instructor Laura Hall, a CU senior majoring in Education, at right, is pictured here with her mad scientists, going left around the table: Conlan Beck, William Chaplin, Cyrus Vincent and Delilah Talbott. More photos of Albany Kids College appear at the bottom of the story. (CU Photo by Linda Waggener)

July 7, 2009

For immediate release



By Linda Waggener, CU feature writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Kids College, a program for young people offered each summer by Campbellsville University, was taken on location for the first time this summer to Clinton County's Albany First Baptist Church.

Dr. Carol Peddicord, Albany physician and associate trustee on Campbellsville University's Board, was instrumental in getting the Kids College organized in her hometown. "Our goal," she said, "is to make Christian education more attainable and more desirable for the rural community, and I think this was a great start!"

Thirty students from Clinton, Wayne and Cumberland Counties chose two topics from the following sessions at the June 22-25 Kids College: cooking, art, science, history, first aid, Spanish, geography, music and physical education.

Carol Sullivan, director of the Technology Training Center at CU, said, We design all the classes and select instructors to enable students to broaden the scope of interests and interact with other outstanding young people.

Peddicord said that she was grateful to Sullivan and her staff for providing Christian education in Albany through Kids College.

She said she was also proud of the people of Albany First Baptist who not only provided lunches for the students and staff, but some instructors as well, including Lisa Beard, Kathy Conner, Kara Conner and Michael Peddicord.

Reviews were positive for all of the eight course options, especially science, cooking and art, which Sullivan proudly noted, was taught by renowned local artist Fred Thrasher. The Albany Kids College is already under discussion for next summer.

"On behalf of Campbellsville University, we would like to express appreciation to Dr. Carol Peddicord for all of the work she has done in making the Albany Kids College a reality," said John E. Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president. "Her dedication to the children and youth of her community are exemplary.

"We would also like to express appreciation to Rev. Jeffrey A. Brown, pastor of Albany First Baptist Church, and his congregation for hosting the Kids College.  The church staff and members were most helpful and hospitable in every facet of this experience," Chowning said.

For information about future camps, contact the Campbellsville University Technology Training Center at 270-789-5400 or 270-789-5392. Scholarships are available for special needs on a limited, first come basis.

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. 
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Darran Kennon's Bible Adventures class was a favorite. The group shared adventures with Biblical characters each day with stories, songs, games, projects and activities. He is joined around the table, from left in front of him: Nikki Daminguez, Rhiannon Lovelace, Hannah Wade and Aidan Horner, front left. Kennon is industrial educator at the CU Technology Training Center which hosts Kids College.  (CU Photo by Linda Waggener)

Kids College graduate Bode Copeland asked Director Carol Sullivan, "So, aren' we supposed to have caps and gowns?" After she explained that Kids College grads got yellow t-shirts instead, he asked, "how did you know the right sizes to get?" And after she answered that, Bode had more questions. Thats what Kids College encourages. (CU Photo by Linda Waggener)

Albany First Baptist Church volunteers who served lunch to Kids College students included, from left; Phyllis Blair, Doris Brown, Pam Theele and Katherine Wireman. All are members of the WMU, part of the kitchen committee and Wireman is with the church library. (CU Photo by Linda Waggener)

Albany Kids College, grades one through four, are pictured on the steps of the Albany First Baptist Church. Unless noted otherwise, all students are from Clinton County. The students in this group are, first row, from left: Bode Copeland, Jaden Mullins, Nikki Dominguez and Aiden Horner. Row two: Annessa Roysdon, Sidney Dominguez, Clarissa Gregory and Cyrus Vincent from Burkesville. Row three: Marcus Moons, Rhiannon Lovelace, Coulan Beck and Hannah Wade. Row four: Delilah Talbott, William Chaplin and Ethan Horner. (CU Photo by Linda Waggener)

Albany Kids College, grades five through eight, are pictured on the steps of the Albany First Baptist Church. Unless noted otherwise, all students are from Clinton County. The students in this group are, first row, from left: Molly Dalton from Monticillo; Christy Sidwell, Callie Copeland, Kaitlin Cross, Kacey Wade, Hannah Neal, Mildred Dominguez. Row two: Macy Campbell, Keilee Dalton, Danielle Dalton, Jed Randolph, Kelsie Hickman. Row three: Matthew Hunter, Takota Dalton and Brett York from Monticillo. (CU Photo by Linda Waggener)