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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Military Style Program Helps At Risk Students

STAR' works

‘At-risk’ students beg support for Southern Tioga school program

By CHERYL R. CLARKE cclarke@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

BLOSSBURG - The Southern Tioga School Board heard more from the public Monday about budget cuts in its proposed 2009-2010 budget, first announced at its meeting last month.

The largest group wanting to speak was from the "Student Transition and Recovery," or STAR, program. Again on the block, STAR uses a military-style program to help "at risk" youth who are struggling with behavioral and other issues.

Last year the program only survived after proponents spoke out.

This year, 26 students are enrolled in the district's STAR program.

"If you had gotten rid of the STAR program last year, where would these young people be today?" asked instructor Tim Trescott.

Crystal Wanat of Arnot, 18, and a senior at North Penn High School here, told the board she had a very low average in one of her classes and that she had "given up."

"I currently have a 'B,' " she said. More...

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

This is a great program and wish Potter County had this program then maybe some of our kids would not be doing cyper school when the schools give up on them

Anonymous said...

Why would you take something away from the children that need hope. If the program is working leave it be. If we do not look out for the children of today, there will be nothing for the children of tomorrow. I also think that more counties should have this program. Sometimes children need more help than what some parents can provide.