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Summer of classes offered at Cowan Center

The Cowan Community Center will hold four weeks of fun and learning this summer, including an art school, a mountain music school, a farm school and a science school.

The Cowan Creek Art School will be held June 12-16 for ages four to adult under the direction of Debra Fields, a retired art teacher and visual artist. The school is dedicated to the memory of Dorothy Jean Miles, an artist who meant so much to the Cowan Center.

The Cowan Creek Mountain Music School will take place June 19 to 23 for ages four to adult. Beginning and accomplished musicians will explore the rich repertoire of old-time traditional music and gain experience playing with other musicians. Classes are offered in banjo (three levels), fiddle (four levels), guitar (three levels), string band, singing/ songwriting, storytelling and Kids on the Creek. The program coordinator is Stacy Dollarhide. Preregistration is a requirement for this school.

On July 10 to 14, the Cowan Creek Farm School will be held for ages 4 to 12. Students will experience hands-on fun in a garden, field trips to local farms and other points of interest, and cooking with just picked vegetables. The school is under the direction of Valerie

Horn, Director of Grow Appalachia.

The Cowan Creek Science School, July 17 to July 21, is offered to students from kindergarten to the fifth grade. Activities will include stream biology (may mean playing in the creek), looking through a microscope, an ultrasound, experiments, and workshops from the Challenger Center in Hazard. The school coordinator is Debra Fields.

All schools are free to Letcher County children thanks to a grant from the Berea College Appalachian Fund and a bequest from Nancy and Harvey McClellan for the Music School.

Registration and checkin time is 8:30 each Monday morning at Cowan Community Center except for the Music School and Kids on the Creek. Students registering for this week will meet at Cowan Elementary School. Parents or guardians will need to remain at the center of the elementary school until their child’s registration papers are complete. Classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nutritious morning snacks and lunch will be served each day and are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information, call Cowan Community Center at (606) 633-3187, Ashley Collier at (606) 262- 0864; Stacy Dollarhide at (606) 335-5350; Carol Ison at (606) 633-9831; or Debra Fields at (606) 335-2504, or visit cowancreekmusic.org/daycamps/.

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