Students explore Columbus and the Chattahoochee during summer program

Students to explore Columbus and the Chattahoochee during special summer program Children ages 4-11 will create scaled down and life-size models depicting symbols of Chattahoochee River history and its role as a life-sustaining resource during an upcoming program at River Road Elementary School. “Summer Spectacular,” a four-week summer enrichment program directed by Columbus State University early childhood education students and professors, starts June 25. The theme of the program is “River Works: Exploring Columbus and the Chattahoochee,” focusing on the river, its history and its benefits to Columbus. Subtopics will include the Chattahoochee as a transportation way, the plants and animals it supports, related environmental issues, and the benefits ranging from recreation to the generation of electricity. Parents can sign up their children for $20 per child/per week for any or all sessions, which run 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday. The program, designed by CSU Associate Professor Jan Burcham, will have participants research and write about theme subtopics and bring them to life by creating displays — such as a scaled down riverboat or an 8-foot-long alligator. For more information or to register for the program, call 706-565-7810.