PHOTO GALLERY: Kids learning, having a blast at PAWS University

Photos by Corbey R. Dorsey, UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Who says learning can’t be fun?

At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, elementary students are having a blast this summer while exploring a variety of educational topics through PAWS University.

The program, in its first year at UNK, gives children entering grades one through six the opportunity to participate in one-week workshops that match their interests. Topics include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), computer programming, coding and gaming, career exploration, Nebraska history, music, fitness, nature and agriculture, chemistry in the kitchen, outer space and much more.

The curriculum-based summer camp, which runs throughout the month of June, also includes a morning library hour with activities at UNK’s Calvin T. Ryan Library, as well as Spanish immersion and art classes to end the day.

A four-week PAWS University Reading Academy is also hosted by UNK, with Loper student-athletes and other special guests stopping by to read with participating children.

PAWS University is led by UNK faculty and students and educators from area school districts. Each participant receives a free T-shirt and a diploma after completing the program, which is supported by grant funding from the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska, Kearney Area Community Foundation and Kiwanis Club of Kearney.”

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University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen reads one of his favorite books, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Suess, to a group of students Monday at PAWS University’s Reading Academy. (Photo by Corbey R. Dorsey, UNK Communications)