Enrichment Program Continues At MRMS

NATURAL BRIDGE State Park Ranger Matthew Jackson talks about wildlife to students during the Meet The Partners Family Event at MRMS. (Katie Doar photo)

NATURAL BRIDGE State Park Ranger Matthew Jackson talks about wildlife to students during the Meet The Partners Family Event at MRMS. (Katie Doar photo)

VMI CADETS build paper towers with MRMS students during the open house for the school’s Youth Achieving Success program. (Katie Doar photo)

VMI CADETS build paper towers with MRMS students during the open house for the school’s Youth Achieving Success program. (Katie Doar photo)

Event Showcased Program Entering New Grant Phase

Maury River Middle School parents had the chance to meet with the partners in the school’s Youth Achieving Success (YAS) program at an open-house type event Oct. 10.

The objective of the program is to assist students in achieving better academic scores and grades, improve study skills and to provide enriching activities in a safe environment. “We also provide a focus on career awareness and family literacy and educational opportunities,” said Mary Lupsha, YAS coordinator at MRMS.

The program is made available through a federal grant for 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Each grant generally runs three years, and MRMS had just finished up a three-year grant last June when it was awarded a consecutive grant, which began in September.

The co-applicant for this grant is the Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce. Also partnering are Washington and Lee Teacher Education Program; the Virginia Military Institute departments of English, Rhetoric and Humanistic Studies, Applied Mathematics, and Civil Engineering; and the Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office.

The open house in October, called the Meet the Partners Family Event, not only allowed MRMS families the opportunity to meet the partners involved in the program as it starts its next three-year effort, it also provided students and their families with some educational information and learning activities.

“It’s a valuable program, and we feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring it to the Maury River Middle School community,” said Lupsha.

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