Southeast Offering Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment Program in June



May 8, 2007 – Would you like to be a veterinarian, meteorologist, journalist or astronaut someday? How would you like to be a “Muggle” for a week, saddle up on horseback, rock climb, build your own Superbowl team, learn a foreign language, explore the world of pirates or make a movie or computer game?

Area youths can do just that when they enroll in Southeast Missouri State University’s Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment program.

The Horizons program is an exciting way for youth to learn new ideas and skills not covered in the traditional classroom. While most Horizons classes are geared to youth ages 9 to 14, a few classes also are available for children ages 5 to 8 this summer. 

“Horizons classes aren’t just educational, they are fun,” said Christy Mershon, assistant director of Extended and Continuing Education at Southeast.

The Horizons program includes four sessions: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22 and June 25-29. The program offers morning sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 p.m., and all-day sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. All courses will be held on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and the surrounding areas. Building and room assignments, along with a campus map, will be sent with confirmation of a child’s registration.

Classes being offered include: “Let’s Make a Movie!,” “Dance, Dance, Dance!: A Choreographer’s Workshop,” “Summer Musical: From Writing to Performance,” “ArtsCetera: Explore Art,” “Photography Basics: Say Cheese!,” “Fun with Clay: The Pottery Wheel,” “Creative Writing: Brainstorming to Bookmaking,” “Architectural Design & Modeling,” “Photoshop: Graphics with a Twist,” “Computer Game Design,” “Junior Veterinarian,” “Junior Meteorologist,” “Junior Journalist: Be a Reporter for a Week!,” “Junior Astronaut: Space Mission Camp,” “Get Mad About Science!,” “The Sorcerer and the Scientist,” “Sheer Adventure: Rock Climbing, Survival Skills, Navigation and More!,” “Build Your Own Superbowl Team,” “Finding Your Way: Orienteering Skills,” “Saddle Up!,” “SaddleUp! Level Two,” “From Crime Scene to Corrections,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Fiesta: Latin Culture, Language and Food,” “Bonjour! Let’s Have Fun with French!,” “Archaeology: Can You Dig It?” and “Pirates of the Mississippi.”

Classes offered in the “Little Horizons” program include “Haiku and Summer Sonnets: Creative Writing,” “Fossils, Dinosaurs & Lands from Long Ago!,” “Hablas Espanol?” and “Fun with Clay! Movie Character Mayhem.”

Classes are restricted to 16 participants to ensure a quality experience and ample individual attention, Mershon said. All instructors in the program are professionally trained and have practical teaching experience in the areas of instruction. Most of the instructors are Southeast professors. Classes that include lab experiments or those that are physically active will have an assistant to provide additional guidance, she said.

Youth will receive a T-shirt for each course in which they enroll.

New to this year’s program is a partnership with Southeast’s Redhawks Kids Camp to offer an additional option for full-day programming. Mershon said children can participate in Horizons morning classes and then take part in activities offered by Southeast’s Redhawks Kids Camp during the afternoon. For more information on this partnership, call the Office of Extended and Continuing Education at (573) 986-6879.

Also new to the Horizons program this year is a lunch option for children participating in a full day of programming. For a small additional fee, lunch may be ordered. Horizons staff will provide supervision during the lunch hour and transport children from their morning to afternoon session.  These arrangements must be made and paid for at the time of registration. Otherwise, parents will be responsible for picking up children from their morning class and dropping them off for their afternoon session, Mershon said.

Classes range in price from $99 to $159. Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for the Horizons Summer Youth Enrichment program, call (573) 986-6879. For more information on Horizons, visit