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National Hook Up, Zonta Club host Academy Students

7/24/2018, 5:20 p.m.
On July 19, the National Hook Up Of Black Women, Inc., Joliet Chapter, & the Zonta Club of Joliet hosted ...

On July 19, the National Hook Up Of Black Women, Inc., Joliet Chapter, & the Zonta Club of Joliet hosted a special lunch presentation for JTHS Summer Academy students.

The inspiring presentation, delivered by Pastor Curtis Bryant, focused on the theme of "Embracing Differences - Won't you be my Neighbor." Students were reminded that even though we are different, we all have the same basic needs of wanting to belong. The message that kindness goes a long way was delivered in a fun and interactive manner as students worked in teams with National Hook Up and Zonta volunteers to build a Leaning Tower of "Feetza" using their shoes.

Thanks to a $72,000 Healthy Community Grant, JTHS was able to offer the tuition-free Summer Academies in July for future JTHS students going in to 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The summer programs engage young students in fun projects centered around early exposure to the five JTHS Career Academieswww.jths.org and career exploration. A total of 21 programs are available with topics ranging from cooking, photography, STEM, medical exploration, chess, and more.

JTHS Career Academies increase student achievement by organizing students into five career-focused small learning communities that offer a personalized learning environment within a large school setting. In the JTHS Career Academies, students receive an individualized education relevant to their career interests. Teams of teachers work together to prepare interdisciplinary lessons that relate to each academy's programs of study. Students are provided with a rigorous and relevant curriculum that integrates course content and technology skills in alignment to the Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness Standards.