MAILED: July 21, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- "Reach for the Stars" has a double meaning as students involved with the program not only study astronomy but discover they might be potential college material.
The "Reach for the Stars" program brings about 20 ethnic students from across the state to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to take an astronomy class, said Jim Vance, director of the American Ethnic Coordinating Office.
The program is geared for ninth- and 10th-grade high school students and has a science and English component. The English portion of the program incorporates basic computing skills, said Jesse Dixon, coordinator of the "Reach for the Stars" program.
"The most important thing is to give students a sense of accomplishment," Dixon said. "It gets students to reassess their thinking about going to college."
Many UW-Eau Claire students assist in helping the students who attend the "Reach for the Stars" program.
"This gives students an opportunity to work with younger students and develop leadership skills," Dixon said, adding that in the past former participants of the "Reach for the Stars" program have helped with the program.
The students will participate in additional activities during the program, Vance said. They will go to a science museum in Minnesota, and attend a pow wow in Hayward.
"They will get an understanding of a different culture and different perspective," Vance said of the pow wow.
The students also will have an opportunity to go to Beaver Creek and build equipment to look at the stars, he said.
The "Reach for the Stars" program began July 13 and continued through July 20. It coincided with another program called "Dimensions in Nursing," which involves high school students interested in nursing. The two programs share some activities and transportation, Vance said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 21, 1997