Archive for Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Afternoon Academy kicks off next week

February 4, 2004

Crafts, Spanish, chess and marshmallow shooters.

That's quite a group of classes, but many more are available at this year's Afternoon Academy at Tonganoxie Elementary School.

As is a winter tradition at TES, the Tonganoxie Community Education and Volunteer Center will sponsor a six-week program, beginning Monday. The after-school lasses run Monday through Friday at the volunteer center, northwest of the elementary school at 206 E. Second.

Mondays will feature classes in arts and crafts, birdhouses and marshmallow shooters, while Tuesdays' class lineup includes Spanish, chess and terrariums. Kid fitness also is available on Tuesdays. Another chess class is available on Wednesdays, as are cooking and paper machete. And on Thursdays, crochet and drama classes will be offered, along with a third chess class and a second fitness class.

Coordinator Earleta Morey said classes usually are set at 10 to 12 students, but the drama class has 17 participants and Spanish has about 20 enrolled.

Morey said that because of space and the number of volunteers, she tries to keep the sizes intimate.

"There's more than 100 and we'll have to turn some of them away, unfortunately," Morey said.

The academy's last classes will be March 17.

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