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Local Students Stretch Their Minds in 2006 Enrichment Program at Trent University

Enrichment ProgramEvery spring Trent University is overrun with gifted grade seven and eight students taking part in the annual Enrichment Mini-Course Program. This year is no exception; in fact, the 2006 program, which has over 560 students participating from 49 schools, is the most popular year to date. To accommodate the strong demand by schools, a third week of programming was added this year for the first time.

The Program, which runs from May 2 to May 18, is organized by the University's Conference Services Department and is designed to offer gifted and highly motivated students the opportunity to study topics that are not normally offered at the intermediate school level.

"The Mini-Enrichment Program is emerging as a significant feature for the Trent experience, as an important way of connecting with the elementary school community," said Susan Apostle-Clark, Vice President (Academic) and Provost.

This 14th annual installment of the Program consists of a wide offering of 20 courses designed to promote study at the post-secondary level and to provide an opportunity for students to experience the setting of a leading Canadian university. The students, some coming from as far away as Unionville, Colborne, and Port Hope, come to Trent and, over a three day period, take three courses delivered by Trent faculty, staff and graduate students. This year's courses include: "Spend a Day in Ancient Rome", "DNA Profiling", "Prehistoric Art to Present Time", "The Nitty Gritty on Slime", and "Leadership 101".

Student reaction to the Enrichment Program has been extremely favourable. "This is a fun way to express yourself, and I may take it again next year, too," said Kate Lawler of Armour Heights Public School, a student in the Greek Drama course.

Trent University Conference Services develops and operates several educational youth camps for students throughout May and June. Further information about the program and detailed course descriptions are available online by visiting

Photo: Local artist June Forrester gives a few creative suggestions to James Strath grade seven student Naomi Burns. Prehistoric Art to Present Time is one of 20 courses offered through the Trent University Enrichment Program for elementary school students throughout the region.

Posted May 15, 2006





























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