The Liberty Partnerships Program of Marist College (LPP) operated its award-winning summer program, Travel Camp, through collaboration with the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. Travel Camp provides middle school students with academic and cultural enrichment.
This year’s program was based at the Adriance Library and was designed to increase the students’ interest in reading and history and encourage their families to use the library. Scott Jarzombek, Youth Director at the Adriance Library, engaged the students in critical reading, readers theater, script writing and video recording. In the afternoons the students visited local historic sites including the Vanderbilt Mansion, Hide Park NY, Staatsburg State Historic Site, Staatsburg NY, FDR Home and Museum, Hide Park, NY, and Washington’s Headquarters. They also enjoyed swimming in the Marist pool.
As Mr. Scott Jarzombek stated, “The program went really well! Great connection between literature and technology, it was great experience to get students to synthesize what they had read in a new way.”
LPP is a dropout prevention program with the goal of motivating students to graduate from high school and enter college or the workforce. The program uses Marist resources to serve over 200 students in Poughkeepsie and Kingston in grades 8 through 12.
The Liberty Partnerships Program has been sponsored by Marist College since 1990 and is funded through the New York State Education Department.