Students soar at Project GRAD summer institute

Posted: Friday, July 02, 2004

Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula just completed its first annual summer institute, "Building Bridges to Our Future." The institute was a terrific success and the board and staff of Project GRAD wish to thank the community of Homer and the sponsors of the institute for making this a terrific experience for the 23 students from five village communities who participated. The goals of the summer institute are to strengthen 10-grade readiness, de-mystify the college experience and help last year's ninth-grade students complete a major step towards earning their Project GRAD scholarship.

We are especially grateful for the co-sponsorship of the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, whose West Campus facility was the site of the institute. We also are deeply grateful to the great staff of the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies, which hosted the students over the weekend at their Peterson Bay field station. Our principle corporate sponsor, Marathon Oil, provided essential financial support without which the institute would not have been possible. We also received generous in-kind support from Spenard Builders Supply, as well as many other businesses and individuals throughout the Kenai, including: KBBI, Pacific Star Seafood, the Bunkhouse, the Pratt Museum, the Homer Council on the Arts, Ulmer's, West Homer Elementary School, Homer Middle School, the Homer Theatre, Homer Community Schools, the Bay Club, the Islands and Oceans Center, Nomad Shelters, South Peninsula Hospital, Job Service, Kachemak Bowl, Paul McCollum of CIRC, Stacy Luck of the Homer Police Department, Vanessa Norman, Steve Okkonen, Marti Krohn, Adam Bauer, Nancy Radtke and Leo Vait.

Thank you, Homer, for making Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula's 2004 summer institute a memorable and important event in the lives of students who strive to succeed.

Heather Pancratz

Executive director

Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula

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