The start of summer means another year for College for Kids (CFK) at Itasca Community College (ICC). Running from June 10-14, the program offers numerous classes for children to partake in to explore new interests and meet new friends.

CFK is organized by coordinators Anna Francisco and Chris Mutchler.

“CFK 2019 has been another great year with many returning favorites like Pottery, Woodcarving, and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun while also bringing in many new classes like Garden Adventures, The Roving Reporter, and Summer Strings from Itasca Orchestra and Symphony,” Francisco commented. “We definitely have the highest class numbers in science/engineering related classes like Exciting Engineering, LEGOs, and Full STEAM Ahead.”

Local student and nine-year-old Levi Daigle participated in these popular classes. Levi explained some of the many projects he has participated in.

These include trying to balance a textbook on dry spaghetti noodles in Full STEAM Ahead, learning about light bulbs in Exciting Engineering and creating waterfalls in LEGO Explorers.

Levi said that he would like to go to CFK again next year. When asked why, he said, “Well, because it’s so amazing.”

Levi’s sister, five-year-old Anna Belle Daigle, participated in the preschool program, Explore MN. There, she learned all about what’s in Minnesota’s backyard and even got to go on a treasure hunt. Anna Belle is excited to come back again next year to CFK.

“Every day was so great and I want to go there every year and every day,” Anna Belle said. “So it’s a great thing. I love College for Kids so much.”

She added, “I want the kids to know that College for Kids is not really a college, but it’s just named that.”

This year, CFK had 235 participants. Classes are available for children ages 4-12 with classes running from 9 a.m. to noon. According to the program’s website, the ICC CFK program was the first of its kind in the state of Minnesota.

Francisco remarked, “College for Kids provides our community with an opportunity for kids to explore classes and find a new hobby or passion. It’s the perfect way to start summer!”

For more information about the CFK program, visit

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