On Aug. 9, 40 students from Windham Middle School celebrated their achievements after participating in Eastern's summer camp for math and language arts. The celebration showcased the students' skill in original poetry and cultural dance.
"Puentes al Futuro/Bridges to the Future" is a 6-week summer enrichment camp for Windham middle school students, many of them English Language Learners (ELL) that provides academic skills building and recreation and cultural enrichment. The academic curriculum is based on the Windham Public Schools middle school curriculum for math and language arts.
The program, run by Eastern's Center for Community Engagement (CCE), includes one day of instruction and one-on-one tutoring and one day of active application of the previous day's lesson. Each morning, campers focused on math and language arts with the goal of improving foundational skills. The camp also offered cultural enrichment and recreational activities in the afternoon. Bridges to the Future helps students build self-confidence, proficiency in the English language and an understanding of Latino culture. Lessons are provided by professional instructors with guidance from a Windham Middle School teacher.
Fourteen Eastern student tutor/mentors and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers helped staff of the program, including Emmanuel Achigbu '12, Ibraheem Adebanjo '13, Federica Bucca '13, Elise Davis '12, Evan Glenn '15, Adaliz Hernandez '15, Michael McEleney '13, Kimberly Mines '14, Rachel Murad '13, Matthew Pappalardo '14, Jonathan Yackel '13, Cheronda McKinnon '14, Sarah Flores '13 and Meaghan Coyle '14.