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Weekly Media Roundup - May 29, 2014

By Luci Manning

Academic Mentoring Helps Superior Students Gear Up For Learning (Duluth News Tribune, Minnesota)

Every Tuesday and Thursday, a group of students at Superior Middle School hurry to the Gain Early Awareness and Readiness (GEARS) afterschool program, where University of Wisconsin-Superior students help them with homework and school projects.  The students in GEARS are placed in the program based on failing grades or other risk factors, but engaging with mentors who are passionate about their success and well-being has translated into better work ethic, behavior, and grades.  Berkley Freund, 11, told the Duluth News Tribune, “I definitely think it has been successful, it helped us all.  Plus I like that we get snacks and free time after we finish our work.”

Fort Cherry Girls Try in Engineering (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania)

Robotics has taken a fashionable turn at the Fort Cherry Elementary Center, where students in the Fashion Bots afterschool club are creating their own robots complete with motors, sensors and lights.  The 10 students involved, most of them girls, put their imaginations to the test. Some are working on a hybrid unicorn/kitten robot that shakes its tail and spins its bow, and others a scene of the Eiffel Tower that transitions from day to night.  Trisha Craig, the curriculum coordinator, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “the primary focus is to get girls interested in STEM activities.  We picked the theme Fashion Bots so it would entice girls and it worked.”  The students are putting the finishing touches on their projects and are excited to demonstrate the results of their hard work and creativity to their parents at an upcoming show-and-tell event.

Glenwood Student Launches Program to Empower Young Boys (State Journal-Register, Illinois)

A new afterschool program is making a difference in the lives of 34 fourth-grade boys at Glenwood Elementary School.  The Superheroes club, which was inspired by Girls on the Run, has enabled the students to grow socially and emotionally through a combination of physical activities and mentoring.  Eli Day, a high school senior and founder of the club, wanted to instill confidence and discipline in the students so they would better understand the power of their actions and treat themselves and others with respect.  While the club has only met five times, Crystal Day, Eli’s mom and the fourth-grade teacher who created the Superheroes curriculum, told the State Journal-Register that she can already see that the students have a greater sense of camaraderie.

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