Founder of Casper College KEY program retires

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CASPER, Wyo. — Casper College KEY program Founder and Director Barbara Crews has announced her retirement after 34 years running the program.

Crews founded the Knowledge Enrichment Program for Youth in 1986, according to CC. The summer KEY camps are geared to help educate gifted and talented students.

“In 1986, the first KEY program, also known as KEY Camp, began,” CC said. “The camp ran for one week in the summer and hosted 84 students that year. Due to the demand, another week was added to the summer program.”

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The program was later expanded to include three one-week camps to middle school aged students.

“According to Crews, KEY provides middle school students with unique learning opportunities that are usually not available in their regular classrooms,” the CC release states. “One hundred twenty-eight kids attend each week, for a total of 384 students for the summer. During Crews’ time as director, the program has hosted more than 10,000 students.”

Crews says that she will miss getting to work with the program and its students.

“’I will miss seeing the awesome reactions of young KEY students as they make new discoveries not only about themselves and the world around them but also as they learn and grow as productive citizens in our community,’ said Crews.”