Imagine, plan, create part of summer program

Tricia Gullett, Student

Walk down the hall of the NKU Early Elementary Education Center on the first floor and you pass the Viking and Nomad rooms. On Wednesday, children ranging from ages 6 to 14 were seen in those rooms blowing air into balloons, popping balloons or simply throwing them into the air.

It was part of the early education summer camp on the NKU campus.

“The goal is to build their problem-solving skills, creativity, and self-reliance,” said Audrey Wilson, summer camp coordinator.

This particular week, June 20-25, is called “Imagine, Plan, and Create.” The students were attempting to arrange balloons in such a way that they can place an egg in between them, and drop it without the egg breaking.

Luke, who is in the 6 to 9 age group, was successful in his endeavor to drop the balloon-manufactured product without breaking the egg. Two others, Sophia, 9, and Olivia, 11, who are in the 9-14 age group, were also successful in their attempts.

This program was created because of their belief that “every child…deserves to experience the joys of childhood in a nurturing and welcoming environment.”

All of the volunteers are NKU students who choose to return to school in the summer.

“I just love working with kids,” said Antoinette Aponte-Allman, a volunteer for the NKU Early Childhood Summer Camp.