By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: August 18, 2018 | 2:45 p.m.
SUSSEX – Nine local high school seniors and four juniors recently had the opportunity to participate in a unique cultural experience. On June 18 – 19, the students participated in Project Discovery – an educational program geared towards first generation college students.
According to Faye Perkins, Project Discovery Coordinator, “The Improvement Association has operated this program for many years in collaboration with Sussex County Public Schools. The students attend workshops and visit college campuses to assist them in making decisions regarding their future after high school,” and “cultural enrichment activities are a big part of the program’s outcomes.”
Beginning June 19, Perkins led the Project Discovery students, three members of the Board of Directors, and a community volunteer on a trip that began with a very informative guided tour of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
“The students were very professional and attentive while being engaged by asking many questions,” Perkins said. “We all were astonished to learn that the tuition rate is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.”
Next, the group toured the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Perkins said. The tour included Ebenezer Baptist Church, the visitor center and museum, Dr. King’s childhood home, gravesite and eternal flame. They also had the opportunity to view what Perkins described as a very educational and enlightening film that depicted the life and legacy of Dr. King.
At the end of the trip, when Project Discovery students returned home to continue their plans to attend college, apprentice school, enter the military, and gain meaningful employment. Perkins summed up the experience.
“Project Discovery is now recruiting six graders in middle school,” she said. “It was a great pleasure to be able to provide our students with the cultural enrichment exposure, and I hope to afford other students with the same or similar experience in the future.”
For questions or further information on Project Discovery, call (804) 834-1302 or (434) 634-2490.