By Ashley Goodwin, News Writer

Project REAP(Raiders Enrichment and Academic Program) is a gender-based transition program designed to offer first-time 9th grade students intensive academic support and encourage on-time promotion to the 10th grade. Participants will have the opportunity to improve their academic performance and participate in extensive enrichment activities including:

  • Homework assistance
  • Support and reinforcement of standards-based instruction in mathematics, English and literacy
  • Academic activities and instruction specifically focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and going green
  • Aviation (air flight)
  • Leadership development
  • Equestrian operations/teambuilding (horseback riding/handling)
  • Health and wellness
  • Career development
  • Community service project participation
  • Intramural sports
  • Personal etiquette

“The connection between academics and enrichment as well as our community collaborative allow[s] our students to gain hands-on and real-world experiences,” Mrs. Regina Thurmond, Project REAP Director, said.

Education field studies and character building will take place on the second Saturday of each month at Owens Hamilton Airport and the Junior Buffalo Soldiers Equestrian Ranch. Parents and teachers are strongly encouraged to join the Saturday aviation and Junior Buffalo Soldiers leadership activities.

“Students will not only have the opportunity to work together as a team but to also work with professionals who are at the top of their game; they are the best at what they do,” Thurmond said.

The first Project REAP annual session will include a summer component that will run June 4-28, 2012. All program participants will receive a hot meal and bus transportation home daily. Project REAP also has a parental involvement component which includes access to the Community Technology Center, which will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 A.M. until 6:30 P.M.  Parents will have access to job placement information and basic skills tutorials for the adult family members.

“We at W.J. Kennan High School, like many high schools across this nation, want our students to not only be successful in school but in life,” Thurmond said.