Friday, April 18, 2008
METCO initiatives augment curriculum at CCHS
Twenty-five Concord, Carlisle and Boston students went to the State House on Beacon Hill on March 11 to speak with Massachusetts lawmakers about education funding. METCO Interim Director Kim Bovell described the event to the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee (RSC) on April 8, and said, “It was a day to knock on doors and tell legislators the importance of METCO.” She said Concord-Carlisle was the most represented of any participating town. “We went to see everyone we could. We met with nine Representatives.” Of the students who went, Bovell commented, “They smiled. They were articulate. They represented you very well.” METCO is seeking an additional $1.5 million in state funding which would amount to roughly $500 of funding per METCO student.
Two CCHS METCO students, Brianna Teque and Tiara Roberts, were present at the meeting. Each said they had been in the program since their early years and both had a number of relatives that had also been in the program. Secretary of the CCHS Student Senate Mary Delsener participated and told the RSC, “I enjoyed the day on the Hill. I got a lot out of it.”
RSC member Becky Shannon asked, “Do you feel like you are part of the community?” Brianna Teque answered, “I’ve grown up with the Concord community. I get along very well.” Tiara Roberts said, “Students are very welcoming.”
Bovell commented that there was a need to get Concord more on the map for potential METCO students. She noted that many prefer to go to Lexington or Lincoln-Sudbury, because the schools are closer to Boston, even though both have smaller METCO programs.
Refurbished computer program
Director of Information Technology Services Gene Warfel described a Computer Night held recently at the Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) for METCO families.He and his department had refurbished 20 older MacIntosh computers. Twenty families were invited to receive training on how to use the machines and were each given a computer and a flash drive. Assistant Superintendent Diana Rigby praised Warfel and his colleagues for their efforts.
Last Saturday night, roughly 100 people attended “Spring Bling” at the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, emceed by acting METCO Director Kim Bovell. Over 30 students participated in the evening’s events; 25 of these were Boston METCO students. Students performed songs, danced, a few hopped in double-dutch jump rope and many participated in a fashion show. There was a short slideshow dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. The show’s finale was a performance by the CCHS Zeta Phi Delta Step Club. This is the second year this show has been put on. A good time was had by all. Bovell said later, “I am pleased with the turn out.”
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