July 17, 2012
College partners with YMCA to benefit youths
When the YMCA arrived in Sealy, Blinn College didn’t want to compete for the opportunity to provide summer programming for area youths.
Instead, the College wanted to help.
Blinn College instructors have aided the Sealy YMCA’s Summer Extension program with educational programs that teach students ages 6-12 about biology, art, physics and history. The Sealy campus had previously hosted its own Kids’ College to provide entertaining summer education for area youths.
Biology Instructors Karen Killion and Marie-Therese Simms, Fine Arts Instructor Douglas Cason and History Instructor Carrie Coston all volunteered to participate in the program.
“The kids love it,” said Vicki Hensley, the youth development leader at the YMCA of Greater Houston. “Karen Killion came out the other day and performed science experiments and the kids thought that was just awesome. They can’t wait for her to come out again.”
Killion used scientific demonstrations to illustrate the effects of air pressure and sound waves during her first visit with the YMCA youths, then showed the kids tarantulas, lizards and snakes during another visit on Thursday.
The YMCA’s Summer Extension program averages between 30 and 50 students each day, Hensley said.