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Young students get Endicott experience

Posted by Marcia Dick  July 29, 2010 10:02 AM

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The students on campus at Endicott College in Beverly the past three weeks were younger than ever: middle school age.

Thirty-six exceptional eighth- and ninth-grade students from six middle schools in Lynn were chosen for their academic achievement, interests, and leadership potential to participate in the Learning and Leadership Program.

The program was developed by the Northshore Education Consortium in collaboration with the Lynn public achools.

The students participated in classes and workshops exploring possibilities in the fields of biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, visual art, and drama.

They lived on campus, engaging day and night with professors, administrators, staff, and one another. Endicott faculty members, along with teachers from the Lynn public schools, Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly, and Gordon College in Wenham, led classes and activities and mentored students in the creation of original projects to be presented on the final day of the program, which is tomorrow.

By combining academics, residential living, and recreational activities, the aim was to give the students a complete pre-college experience and introduce them to future options they might not have considered.

The Learning and Leadership Program was developed during nearly two years of research, collaboration, and preparation with a goal of creating a program for students, regardless of their ability to pay.

All 36 students received full scholarships provided by donations from organizations including Eastern Bank, the Lynn Teachers Union, General Electric, and the Lynn Business Education Foundation.

This was the first year of the program. The goal is to expand to 150 students from schools throughout the region north of Boston.

For more information, call program director Janice Lisiak at 978-232-9755, ext. 1331.


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