Students have ability to pursue, realize dreams

Published 5:00 am Monday, August 3, 2009

Years ago, the three “Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic,were the primary focus of educational institutions. And small,rural community schools were the epitome of that belief.

Today, however, all schools are being asked to expose studentsto more educational opportunities and to enable them to pursuewhatever goals they may envision for themselves. A student’sphysical location should be no barrier to fulfilling hisdreams.

A Biomedical Research class started at Bogue Chitto AttendanceCenter is a great example of expanding opportunities forstudents.

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After it was named a Princeton University Satellite LearningCenter – the only one in the South – teacher Kathy McKone will beexpanding the class to Enterprise Attendance Center and potentiallyother school through some upcoming workshops. Completion of theworkshops will allow teachers to utilize Princeton resources forclasses in their schools.

Through programs like the biomed workshops and use of Internettechnology for a wide variety of distance learning classes, moreschools are adapting to modern demands to give students the mosteducational options possible. That means students, regardless ofwhere they live, are able to pursue their dreams and that no dreamsare out of reach.