Through a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the West Virginia Department of Education, students and teachers at Sherman Junior High, Madison Middle and Van Jr./Sr. High schools are broadening their horizons through this special afterschool program.
 
Explore and Soar is using STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) through art and science integration to improve grades, increase test scores and supplement classroom learning. Students are also receiving assistance in college preparation, learning about a variety of career opportunities through the guidance of tutors and mentors and getting to know their peers by working on team projects.
 
In addition to learning at their respective schools, students in Explore and Soar travel to the Clay Center for special educational trips. Recently, students visited the Clay Center for a performance by Philadanco, the Philadelphia Dance Company and to see artist/performer Kevin Reese in Apollo to the Moon. In the coming months, students will return to the Clay Center to enjoy the WV Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert of Stories and Legends and to experience Into the Wild with Jungle Jack Hanna!

  
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