The Upward Bound Program at SUNY Canton will be offering students an introduction to area political leaders and lessons from legendary golf instructor Peter Beames.
Approximately 80 high school students from the area came to SUNY Canton to participate in the program.
“The purpose of our program is to give students the educational support that they need while they are in high school,” noted Upward Bound Director Daun A. Martin. “Our goal is to see students finish high school, go straight to college, successfully graduate and start careers.”
Students are immersed in a five-week experience allowing them to live in the residence halls and become accustomed to the culture and demands of higher education while taking math, science, and even art-related classes.
Several faculty and staff members offer special classes for these students on writing scholarships, financial strategies, and environmental sustainability.
Among the special learning opportunities in this summer’s program are meetings with Democratic State Assemblymember Addie J. Russell and Republican Congressional candidate Matthew A. Doheny. “We wanted to create political focus as a further introduction to how government works,” Upward Bound Counselor Hillary E. Wolfe said. “The students will follow up by writing a letter to Congressman Bill Owens talking about their individual successes with Upward Bound.”
Later in the summer, students have the chance to learn golfing technique of Beames. The golf instructor was named one of the top 47 teachers of the 20th century and helped develop the revolutionary walk-through swing used by Gary Player to win the 1974 British Open and Masters.
The session concludes with a student theatrical performance and an excursion to Portland, Maine.
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