Peep University is an opportunity for students to try new things and push themselves in new ways during village. Some children never take a class. Others can spend a large percentage of their time in classes. Either works. We talk often to the children about the many ways to "win" village. A devotion to higher learning is certainly one of the ways to excel.
Many of our classes are utilitarian (and alliterative) "Fabulous Furnishings" and "Wonderful Windows." Students who attend are assured that their tuition will be paid back multiple times in their assessments.
Other classes are more esoteric. Sean Flannery, a manager at Renewable Energy Systems came and taught students about wind turbines. The kids built turbines and used them to power lights and even an elevator. Shelly Dickinson, a psychology professor at St. Olaf, taught students how to train their siblings and then gave them sheeps' brains to dissect.
All of these amazing opportunities are made possible by volunteers who are willing to jump into the madness of Village and share their time and talent with us. Peep University is one of my favorite parts of Village - we never know what we're going to learn.