Students complete Freshmen Academy
August 2, 2012 2:52PM
Oak Lawn Community High School’s Freshmen Academy students visit Brookfield Zoo recently as part of the summer bridge program. | Supplied Photo
Updated: September 6, 2012 6:06AM
Oak Lawn Community High School’s Freshmen Academy aims to better equip students to handle the transition from middle to high school.
The three-week summer bridge program, which is funded by annual grant money, gives incoming freshmen an opportunity to brush up on math, reading and social emotional skills before the official school year begins in August.
The program also allows students a chance to become acclimated to their new school while meeting new friends and teachers.
Among the academic preparations, Freshmen Academy students took curriculum-related field trips to the Money Museum, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Brookfield Zoo and Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit volunteer organization that creates manna packs for starving children overseas.
Students completed five of their required service hours. The school requires the completion of 24 service hours for graduation.
Freshmen Academy teachers included Jamie Atkus, Jeremey Cryan and Jennifer Sidlow.
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