Quest Partnership Building Friendships and Enriching JRMS Students
In a recent interview with Tonya Albee, the director of QUEST (Quality Unlimited Educational Summer Training), stories were shared of academic growth, blooming friendships, and emergent leaders. QUEST is a free day camp for 90 middle school campers held during the month of July at Franklin Pierce University. It has just completed its 6th successful season. QUEST is overseen by the Jaffrey/Rindge Rotary club in collaboration with SAU 47 and Franklin Pierce University.
Friendship & Enrichment
Each summer Albee receives letters from parents highlighting the positive growth in their children. One such letter tells of a student who had been struggling academically and, following her first summer with QUEST attained and remains on honor roll. Other children enter QUEST struggling socially and finish the summer with lasting friendships. “Friendship is one of the most important things children take away from QUEST.”
In addition to academic and social programs, QUEST offers traditional or, perhaps, not-so-traditional, camp activities. The Rotary recruits volunteers from all over the community to provide diversely enriching camp activities. Students experience everything from learning to play the xylophone, living history with WWII veterans, party planning & etiquette, and flying. One member of the community with decades of flying experience, teaches students the science of flight and offers the opportunity to fly in an airplane.
QUEST offers leadership training to 8th grade students graduating from the program. JRMS student, Brian (see pic), was removing litter from the Franklin-Pierce Campus when president, Andrew Card, took notice stating, “I know a leader when I see one.”