The Education Department at Colorado College has received a $20,000 grant from the Salazar Family Foundation in Denver to support CC’s children’s summer programs. Of the funding, $15,000 will be used to provide scholarships for area children who receive free or reduced lunch at school, enabling them to attend CC’s Gifted and Talented+ and Whiz Bang Science programs. The remaining $5,000 will be used for instructional supplies and transportation for children to and from Harrison School District 2.

Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department Mike Taber says the grant enables Colorado College to provide as many as 78 new scholarships. “We are very pleased that the college has received these funds,” Taber says. “Colorado College and the Education Department are committed to providing enriched learning opportunities for our youth while we also prepare the next generation of teacher scholars.”

CC’s Gifted and Talented+ program, now in its 35th year, is a three-week program offered in June for students entering grade 1 through 10 in the fall. The Gifted and Talented+ program includes Conversations of Humankind, which previously was run as a separate program. This year the program will be offered June 6-24.

Whiz Bang Science is a two-week science program held in July for young “scientists” entering grade 1 through 10 in the fall. The theme for 2016 is “The Science and Engineering of Toys,” and the program will be offered July 11-22.