Aiming Sky High balloon release attracts hundreds
|Author: Cameron Koch, College Heights Herald|
Date: Monday, February 20th, 2012
As hundreds of balloons filled the sky over Gary A. Ransdell Hall on Saturday, the ambitions and dreams of just as many children went with them.
A biodegradable balloon release celebration dubed Aiming Sky High marked the end of Super Saturdays, a program The Center for Gifted Studies has held for about 20 years. Offered twice a year, once in the fall and again in the winter, Super Saturdays is a four-week program that allows students in grades 1 through 8 to continue learning in topics that interest them outside the normal weekday classroom.
Dr. Tracy Inman, associate director of The Center, said a wide variety of class options are available to students, ranging from music and performance to science and history.
“We want these kids thinking early on they can do anything they set their minds to,” Inman said.
After returning from their final class session, students all met at Ransdell Hall to receive balloons and refreshments.
Dr. Julia Roberts, executive director of The Center, counted down from three and told students when the countdown reached zero to yell out their dreams as the balloons floated skyward.
“Do you aspire to be an engineer, a dancer?” Roberts said. “Whatever you want to be, I want you to shout it out.”
Students from 38 Kentucky school districts, and nine from Tennessee, attended the final Saturday.
The final day of the winter session also marked the beginning of Gifted Education Week in Kentucky, Feb. 19-25.
Roberts said the state has always been concerned with student proficiency, making sure student learning is at the proper grade level. Programs such as Super Saturdays are important in cultivating students who are above grade level, she said.
“Proficiency isn’t a goal for these children,” Roberts said. “We must develop talent.”
Roberts encouraged parents to speak to teachers, principals and leaders in their communities to tell them that gifted programs are important.
Roselle Muse brought her daughter, Leanda, to attend her first Super Saturday session and said she believed the program benefited her daughter.
Leanda took classes in performance, which culminated with her and other students putting on a fairy tale mash-up play.
“I think it’s good, it expands her imagination,” Muse said. “It teaches her to think in different ways. She gets to be with kids who have the same desire for learning.”
- All Categories
- Academic Outreach
- Continuing & Professional Development
- Distance Learning
- Summer Sessions
- Winter Term
- Career & Workforce Development
- Lifelong Learning
- Society for Lifelong Learning
- WKU On Demand
- Study Away
- Faculty-Led Study Abroad
- Center for Faculty Development
- Cohort Programs
- Dual Credit
- Conferencing & Catering
- All Categories
- CHHS October 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May/June 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2013 E-Newsletter
- Archived CHHS News
- CHHS October 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2011 E-Newsletter
Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,