Five early graduates receive diplomas

It may not have had the usual "pomp and circumstance" of the end of year graduation ceremony, but the diplomas presented to five Longview Early Graduation High School students are just as special.

The Longview Early Graduation High School, formerly known as LEAD Academy, serves progressive students who wish to graduate early. Providing dual-credit courses for students seeking higher education, it also features career and technology options, online/distance learning, and ACT/SAT preparation.

In addition to the Campus Initiative and a Great Rewards for Great Ideas grants the campus received earlier this month from the LISD Education Foundation, it has just been awarded a $5,000 grant from Toshiba America Foundation for the purchase of robotic kits.

Shumaker said the science department of Longview Early Graduation High School will be partnering with the Letourneau University Engineering Department to assemble the kits in a weekly physics science lab.

"At the end of the project, students will do a campus presentation of their knowledge and skills learned from the project," she said. "We are very appreciative of the Toshiba America Foundation."

But that's not all, Shumaker said the school has also received a Target Field Trip grant to attend a Fine Arts program in Dallas.

"Our students will be attending a performance at the Dallas Black Dance Theater on April 8," she added.
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