Rhode Island Classroom
Challenge Success is a project started at Stanford University in 2007 to counter the pressure, stress, and anxiety students currently face, and develop resources and strategies for a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for students. Locally, the non-profit Challenge Success is partnering with LaSalle Academy in Providence to help its students, faculty, administrators, and parents understand student pressures and provide them with the tools they need to face and alleviate those pressures and be successful.
The Compass School in Kingston, RI, is a charter elementary school whose mission is to foster a love for learning by teaching real-life skills through project-based work on their farm. Yes, their farm - with live animals, gardens, and greenhouses worked by the students, in addition to the classrooms.
Riverzedge Arts in Woonsocket is an after-school program for high school students. From graphic arts to media arts, students learn hands-on about the different art forms. Students in upper grades apply their creative skills to benefit local businesses, who, as outside clients, hire the students. This win-win situation has students learning a trade in the arts and earning a wage.
In another segment, Rhode Island Classroom visits the Aviation Program at the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center, where students build airplanes and use flight simulators inside their classroom. Even better, students finish the program with an internship at T.F. Green Airport, where they learn about all aspects of aviation, from grounds maintenance to airport administration.