All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
In December, 10 Shortridge Academy students participated in the NH Prep School Polar Plunge, and jumped into the frigid water of Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, NH to raise money for the Special Olympics. Shelly Ispan-Laing, Counselor at Shortridge, assisted the Shortridge students, raising a grand total of $8,530, Out of the 5 schools that participated, Shortridge was the top fundraising team of 2018.
Funds from the Prep School Plunge benefit Special Olympics of New Hampshire, which provides year round sports training and athletic competition for more than 3,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in 16 sports year round. Fundraising efforts like those of Shortridge Academy students change attitudes and lives for the better.
“Community-based and philanthropic activities are regular opportunities for students at Shortridge Academy. Our Positive Youth Development philosophy promotes students to be at the forefront of identifying, planning and facilitating these activities as an active, rather than passive, participant. We believe that this approach helps our students develop life skills and independence, and better prepares them for transitions to traditional educational environments,” said Mik Oyler, COO. Brewster Academy created a slide show of the event ((click here).
About Shortridge Academy
Shortridge Academy is a private co-ed New England boarding school, founded in 2002, that emphasizes challenging yet supportive academics within a therapeutic community. Guided by the innovative Positive Youth Development model, we support the cognitive, emotional, and social development of bright yet struggling adolescents by utilizing clearly-defined, goal-directed plans, evidenced-based strategies, and a college preparatory curriculum. Joining with families, our trained staff engages students to identify their strengths and encourages the development of skills and knowledge that will prepare them for healthy and productive adulthood.