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2011-05-25 / Community

G&T program provides opportunities for students

Field trips focus on enrichment for youth
BY SHEILAH O’HEANEY


Rusk Junior High gifted and talented students who recently attended the Pilobolus contemporary dance performance include in front from left Alexandra Tucker, Trae Gunter, Mason Woodlee, Austin Fortune and Emily Duke; in back Moira Debbs, Nicole Phifer, Hannah Coleman, Sydney Clark and Zoe Ruben. Rusk Junior High gifted and talented students who recently attended the Pilobolus contemporary dance performance include in front from left Alexandra Tucker, Trae Gunter, Mason Woodlee, Austin Fortune and Emily Duke; in back Moira Debbs, Nicole Phifer, Hannah Coleman, Sydney Clark and Zoe Ruben. The Rusk Junior High School gifted and talented (G&T) program focuses on bringing enrichment opportunities to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

These activities range from visiting college campuses in Texas and Louisiana to attending cultural performances given by professional touring companies, dance troupes and symphonies as well as informative trips to sites around the state.

This year, the G&T students attended performances by the Drumline stage show and the Pilobolus contemporary dance troupe. They also traveled to Rice University and Baylor University as well as the Rice University Art Gallery and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

A tour of the Blue Bell ice cream factory in Brenham was a particular favorite as was the day spent at the Houston Museum of Natural History learning about the historic intersection of the 18th century piracy and slave “trades”.

“ Young people need to know about all the many opportunities available for their personal expression and academic growth,” said John Burkhalter, junior high principal and coordinator of the school’s G&T program. “We hope the G&T program gives them a taste of what’s waiting out there in the world for them to explore as they grow.”

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