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The holidays are coming early for the Crossroads Academy “Science Wizards” program thanks to former NFL player and Belle Glade native, Fred Taylor. Thirty laptops will be donated on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., through his charitable foundation. 

Program sponsor and science teacher Sheree Cuthbert and Principal Diane Howard see the donation as a launching pad to promote science literacy and self esteem to their students. 

Crossroads Academy is an Alternative School in Belle Glade serving the needs of “at-risk” students. The center serves up to 300 students per year in grades 6-12. Over 86% of the student body receives free or reduced lunch. 

The Science Wizards Program through hands-on learning, mentorship and leadership opportunities, provide students the opportunity to work with mentors/classroom teachers, who will model and foster leadership, affirm academic excellence as an expectations, as well as promote careers in science and technology.

The Fred Taylor Foundation strives to improve the quality of life of children challenged by adverse physical conditions or socio-economic circumstances through enrichment programs that encourage youth to reach their highest potential.

Taylor was inducted into the University of Florida’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame.

For more information contact Diane Howard at (561) 993-8400 or via e-mail at diane.howard@palmbeachschools.org

 

 

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 Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 – natalia.arenas@palmbeachschools.org

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