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Friday, November 2, 2007

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Ruettgers Foundation gift augments CCHS curriculum

The Ruettgers Family Charitable Foundation has supported the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) Lecture Series Enrichment Fund for the last eight years. CCHS Latin teacher Jere Mead spoke about the program at the October 23 meeting of the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC). He said the yearly $25,000 donations are important gifts that allow faculty to share their academic interests with students. Mead said, "It's an intellectual ball!"

There are fall and spring seminars, usually of eight to 12 students who meet with a faculty member for 12 to 15 weeks. This fall's seminar is about how the books that British novelist Jane Austen read affected her writing. The spring seminar will cover modern short stories.

Faculty members also give lectures to students and staff in their areas of academic interest. Last year, lecture topics included photography, art, opera and the common past of Israelis and Palestinians. Faculty members, staff and administration can apply to lead these seminars through a competitive process.

"We are very indebted to the family," said Mead, adding, "We are very grateful."


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