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Exxon Mobil grants help NCCS students prepare for the future

CHAMPLAIN Students in the Northeastern Clinton Central School District will benefit from two separate grants from the Exxon Mobil Corporation. The districts high school recently received a $500 Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Grant that will help prepare students for their future roles in the global workforce, said principal Stephen Gratto. In May, students will conduct experiments related to amusement park physics and calculus while riding the rides at the Great Escape theme park in Lake George. The Physics and Calculus of Fun lab activities have been in operation at the Great Escape for many years, said Gratto, and the schools participation in the program is something he credits Exxon Mobil for helping make happen. We really feel that students learn best when lessons are interactive and relevant to their lives, said Gratto. The Exxon Mobil grant is a wonderful gift because it allows our students to learn physics and calculus in the real world. Gratto added the school strives to offer courses that will best prepare students for educational and employment opportunities after graduation. He said research shows many job opportunities will exist in the fields of math and science. Since the field trip was instituted for last years classes, physics enrollment at the high school has increased 114 percent, Gratto said. Mooers Elementary School was also a recipient of a $500 Exxon Mobil grant. That grant, said principal Dennis Rasco, was made possible through the sponsorship of Sharon and Adrian Dutil of D&D Meats in Sciota. The donation will be used to continue school efforts to better prepare the youngest of learners, Rasco said. Beginning in January, parents of incoming kindergartners will be invited to participate in pre-kindergarten activities, he explained. Parents will have the option to attend monthly workshops on a variety of topics related to school readiness. The school goal is to actively involve parents in their childs early literacy development, said Rasco. We feel very fortunate to have the continued support from Mr. and Mrs. Dutil in applying annually for this Educational Alliance Grant. The money will be put to very good use. Rasco and Gratto both thanked the Exxon Mobil Corporation for the grants which will promote continued education in their schools.

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