Talents Academy kicks off June 2 in Marshall

MARSHALL – School’s out for Marshall area children, but they can still keep their brain exercised while having fun at the Marshall Summer Talents Academy.

“We’re excited for this year,” said Doug Goodmund, the assistant director at Marshall Community Services, which sponsors the program. “We have some top-notch instructors – some new, some returning.”

The program, which is in its 16th year, offers a variety of classes, from baking to ceramics and even public speaking. Along with the perennial favorite Lego classes, there are new offerings including “Head to Toe Spa Week” and “Learn by Doing.”

“Head to Toe Spa” is taught by Hannah Harrison and includes pedicures, manicures and homemade body scrubs.

Harrison is the daughter of “Sweet Treats!” instructor Manjit Harrison and “Crazy Lego Contraptions!” instructor Steve Harrison, Goodmund said.

“They are from Minneota,” he said. “We have interest from the Minneota area to come to these classes because of them.”

Another new class is “Learn by Doing,” taught by Grant Will, the Lyon County 4-H program coordinator.

The emphasis for this class is hands-on learning – creating crafts and playing games.

The public speaking class is taught by two recent high school graduates, Thomas Wyatt-Yerka and Abby Surprenant, who were on the Marshall High speech team during their high school careers.

Goodmund said the classes are a fun way for kids to “try something different – it’s only a week long.”

All classes will take place at Marshall Middle School, 401 S. Saratoga St. in Marshall. Each class is $40 per student, kindergarten through eighth grade.

Register at Marshall Community Services, 344 W. Main St., 507-537-6767, www.marshallmn.com.