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Enrollment ends Monday for SEED classes

The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools is enrolling for a new series of weekend classes for elementary and middle school students.Looking for something to occupy your little one’s time this fall? The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools is currently enrolling for its SEED program, one-hour-a-week classes on fun subjects like video game design and guitar lessons.

SEED, which launched in 2013, offers no-credit classes that are designed to pique students’ interests in topics they might not have exposure to otherwise.

Open to students in third through eighth grades, the classes don't require homework or tests. Instead, they are beginner courses for students in several subjects, said foundation member Jessica Cousineau.

“The classes are a great way for kids to get an introduction to a topic. The emphasis is on hands-on learning,” Cousineau said. “Most classes will involve the students coming home with something they made, designed, or worked with during the course. These are fast-paced and engaging classes — and the teachers are just as excited to be there as the kids are.”

Classes include creative writing, guitar, marine biology, Lego robotics, cooking, improvization, computer programming, civics and more.

Registration for the classes ends Monday, Oct. 6. Classes begin Oct. 12.

The classes cost between $80 and $125 per student. Full and partial scholarships are available for qualifying students.

Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools, which raises money to support local public schools.

The program raised about $9,000 in its first year, Cousineau said.

The six-week-long classes meet Sundays at Tigard High School.

You do not need to be a student in the Tigard-Tualatin School District to enroll.

More classes will be offered in the winter and spring, Cousineau said.

To register, visit http://www.the-ftts.org/seed.

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