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Knox College 4 Kids


Mary Lyons

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401



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Program Overview

Knox College’s summer enrichment program, Knox College for Kids (“Knox College 4 Kids”), which began in 1975 and has been on hiatus since the COVID-19 pandemic, will relaunch in 2024! We look forward to re-establishing the program and providing fun and educational classes this summer.

Our mission is in the name: Knox College for Kids. We desire youth in Galesburg and surrounding communities to develop a relationship with Knox College, see themselves as belonging on campus and have experiences with social and academic life on campus. The two-week summer enrichment program provides learning opportunities for youth (entering grades 1-8) that may not be available in their typical schooling contexts and provides opportunities for instructors to teach to their passions! Current and retired college faculty, public and private PK-12 educators, community-based educators, and community members participate as instructors. College and high school students may apply to participate as teaching assistants and in support staff roles (as “Fellows”).

View photos from the 2019, 2018, and 2017 programs, or like our Facebook page for photos, updates, and program announcements.

Program Schedule and Participation

In 2024, Knox College for Kids will be held for two weeks, on weekdays, July 8 through July 19. 

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., following the daily schedule shown below:

  • 8:30-8:50: Daily Gathering
  • 9:00-9:50: Period #1
  • 10:00-10:50: Period #2
  • 11:00-11:50: Period #3


Youth will indicate courses of interest when registering and will be placed into three courses, one during each of the three periods. 

For information about course offerings, see the Course Descriptions


Instructors are provided with a prep time from 8:30-9:00 and they can elect to teach one, two, or three periods. They may teach different courses at different times or the same course multiple times. 

Interested in teaching in the program? Complete this form: Course Proposals 


Fellows (college and high school students) greet youth participants upon their arrival each day, provide logistical support (e.g., supervise drop-off and pick-up, escort youth around campus), facilitate morning meetings with small groups during the daily gathering time, and may serve as teaching assistants.

Interested in serving as a fellow in the program? Complete this form: Fellows

Program Details - TBA

Prior to the start of the program, details will be shared with all participants via email related to the following:

  • Orientation on Sunday, July 7th (optional)
  • Map and virtual tour of campus
  • Policies and procedures 
  • First-day check-in information
  • Designated drop-off and pick-up locations
  • Daily schedules (July 8th-18th)
  • Final day schedule (July 19th)

Program Fees

The registration fee is projected to be $200. This covers the cost of materials, a “Knox College 4 Kids” t-shirt, and general program expenses. 

We intend to provide scholarships to those who have financial need. 

Interested in sponsoring a scholarship? Please visit our Knox College for Kids Giving Page or check out Community Partner Sponsorship options.

Program Registration

Registration is open for summer 2024! Register by June 7th.

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Printed on Saturday, May 18, 2024