It's been a year in the making and now a partnership between the Connecting Youth & Community Coalition (CYC) and Lake Placid Central School District will result in the implementation of an evening study program for students.
The program was driven by student responses to a 2010 CYC youth survey in which students indicated a desire to have more access to the Lake Placid Middle/High School after normal school hours.
CYC representatives Mary Dietrich and Angel Marvin presented the feedback to school district representatives in the fall of 2010. They proposed the idea for the program and offered to use grant funding to pay for the cost of program supervision. The school district agreed to partner with them and pledged in-kind donations of space, utilities, technology, and snacks.
Following a year of preparation and collaborative planning, the program began on Sept. 19 and will run Monday-Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lake Placid Middle/High School Library.
John Burdick, a teacher at Lake Placid Middle/High School, is the program director. Alice Bickford and Marge Borland, teaching assistants at the Middle/High School, will be assisting Burdick.
Students should enter through the front door of the Middle/High School Cafeteria entrance and proceed to the library.
The purpose of the program is to provide a comfortable, relaxed, and casual study environment to support students’ daily learning while providing them additional access to the library and its many resources.