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Strengthening Friendships, Exploring New Things
Middle School is a time of change and transition. It's a time when relationships with peers, guidance of mentors and being a part of a community play important roles in the lives of scholars. For 7th graders who've recently completed the 14-month Academic Enrichment phase, twice-monthly Saturday Events help with the sometimes stressful transition to new schools and college preparatory programs.
Jennifer Ward, Director of Academic Counseling and Support Services (ACSS), believes that "Saturday Events are opportunities for scholars to plug back into the Rainier Scholars community, to feel supported by their Academic Counselors and to remind them that they are not alone as they overcome barriers and traverse different worlds in new school environments."
These ongoing enrichment activities provide 7th-9th grade students a
welcome opportunity to maintain the close relationships they have built
with others in their cohort who now attend 40+ different schools in
cities across the region. By participating in activities they may not
otherwise be able to access or afford, scholars are able to relate
better with school classmates who frequently enjoy these experiences.
has tailored this year's Saturday Events to include old favorites like
inner tubing and the Puyallup Fair, as well as new experiences that
explore STEM careers with the help of partners like Google, Salish Sea
Expeditions and the Science and Math Institute at Bellevue College. A
chance to take risks and learn new things in a variety of non-academic
settings, while having fun with a close community of friends, make these
events a valuable experience for scholars!