BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Union Middle School's MOSAIC summer program will return this year, and there are still spots available for interested students.
The program is running four one-week sessions. Some classes take place over two session, and students are welcome, but not required, to attend both weeks. Each session there are several different classes that students can choose from. The cost of attending one session is $20 for the full week, said MOSAIC program site coordinator Krista Speroni, although a fee waiver is available. Any rising sixth through eighth grader from Bennington County is eligible to attend the program, even if they don't go to MAUMS. Most of the programs run from 9 a.m. to noon, although some run until 2 p.m.
The first session will begin on July 5, and Speroni said she will be accepting applications up until then. "Our goal is to get as many kids into the program as possible, because we've got some great classes," she said, "I won't turn any kids away as long as it's before the first day of the class."
In the first week, beginning July 1, the program will feature Garden Camp with "Farmer" Frank Palisano, an introduction to growing your own food and farm to table practices; Covered in Clay, where students will learn the foundations of ceramics and techniques such as hand building and using a pottery wheel, with Emily Hollister (This class is the only one where students are required to attend both the first and second week in order to have time to complete their projects); Fabric Design with Ann Webster-Lang, where students will learn the basics of surface design through printing, dyeing, sewing, drawing and design; and Summer Reading with Kennon, where students will have a chance to work on their required reading for the summer.
The second session, which starts on July 11, will feature the second week of Garden Camp and Covered in Clay, as well as Stained Glass with Ann Webster-Lang; Sewing with Judy Rancourt; and a Rock Ensemble, which encourages students with musical talent to explore the world of music, with Chris Dayton. The third session, starting July 18, will have Paint and Create with Alexis Gore; Archery with Emily Hollister; and Create Your Own Peculiar Novel with Amy Volpi, in which students will read Ransom Riggs' novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," and learn the skills necessary to write a peculiar novel of their own.
Finally, in the fourth week, students will be able to participate in Exploring Light and Color with LEGO Robots, with Tim Herrmann; Animal Care with Janet Andrea; or the second week of Paint and Create, Archery, and Sewing.
Speroni said the most popular classes so far are Archery, Fabric Design, Paint and Create, and Stained Glass, so if you'd like a spot in those classes, be sure to sign up soon. To sign up, fill out the form listed on Mount Anthony Union Middle School's website. Call Speroni for more information at 808-332-9999.
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.