Of the 60 students participating in Summer Bridge, teachers identified 12 students to be awarded with certificates for displaying excellence in academics, attendance and attitude. CIS of Atlanta provided every Summer Bridge student with a backpack filled with pens, pencils, index cards, a ruler, a notebook, loose leaf paper, a dictionary and other essential school supplies, in addition to a Summer Bridge T-shirt and nonperishable food items.
Maya Lennon, valedictorian of the 2014 class, also talked to the incoming high school students about the ups and downs she experienced during her high school years. She provided tips on staying focused and choosing friends wisely, and shared the importance of school and community involvement. Lennon plans to attend Brown University on a full scholarship in the fall to pursue her dream career in plastic surgery.
Summer Bridge consists of rising ninth graders who did not pass a portion of the CRCT. The purpose of the two-week program is to give students an opportunity to successfully transition from middle school to high school in a closed, structured and supervised environment. The goal of Summer Bridge is to make students more aware of what is expected of them in high school and what will be expected of them in the real world.
This year, Westlake CIS Site Coordinator Demona Warren also helped facilitate a class surrounding character building, time management, study skills and goal setting.
Check out photos from the award ceremony below: