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Hard work leads to adventure

INDIAN LAKE - This year, Indian Lake Central School has continued its efforts to provide incentives for middle school students to perform well in the classroom with Adventures for Excellence (A4E).

A4E is a school sponsored incentive program that runs in conjunction with the Prevention Education Department of Hamilton County Community Services that strives to encourage students in grades 6 - 8 to excel in school.

If a student at Indian Lake does well on a test, writes a commendable paper, etc., but does not necessarily make the honor roll every quarter their name is entered into a drawing for A4E trips. Ten students are selected every five weeks and A4E provides the adventure.

"It's a chance to reward them for their great efforts," said advisor, Joanna Pine. Pine is the secretary for the guidance and special education departments at Indian Lake Central School.

Joe San Antonio of the Prevention Education Department chaperones the trips as well as provides a 12 passenger van on behalf of Hamilton County.

Indian Lake accrues all costs for the trip, which averages about $15 per student for each trip.

This year, A4E has treated students to outdoor rock climbing in Piseco, pizza and a movie in Old Forge and indoor rockclimbing at Rock Sport. Upcoming events include tubing at Gore, see the Adirondack Phantoms in an Ice Hockey game at the Civic Center and traveling to the Fun Spot in Lake George.

"I think this really helps students to be motivated to do well in their classes," said Pine.

Pine has been involved with A4E for seven years and the program is a longstanding tradition at Indian Lake Central School.

"It has turned into a highly successful and effective program," she said.

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