Exploration Academy holds mentorship breakfast

Scott Girard

If you go
What: Exploration Academy informational breakfast
Where: VAHS K-Wing
When: Friday, Feb. 7, 8-9:20 a.m.

The Exploration Academy will host a breakfast and information session Feb. 7 for potential mentors and others who want to hear more about the school’s operation.

Formed last year, the Verona Area School District’s newest charter school allows for more hands-on and student-created projects, and school director Mike Murphy wants to expand further into the community.

“There’s a heavy…community component to the educational experience that we want to also build,” Murphy said.

The school is organized around students designing their own projects and working with people in the community who have similar interests to their own to see how their education and interests can relate to the “real world.”

Whether it’s taking time to email back and forth with a student interested in a field or offering as much as an internship, Murphy said mentors can be a big part of the school’s success.

The event will consist of breakfast from 8-8:30 a.m. when students will also stop table-by-table to talk informally with those in attendance.

The morning will then shift to a student panel and project presentations. Afterwards, those in attendance will get a tour of the classroom set up in the Verona Area High School’s K-wing and have time for a question and answer session with school officials.

Murphy said administrators hope to reach their goal of a mentor database that goes 100-deep for starters, so they can look up who is willing to share their time with students interested in their fields.

Mentorships do not have to be limited to professional careers, Murphy added, mentioning that hobbies, interests or other passions can also match up with a student’s and help that student learn how to apply those passions.

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