Leland & Gray expands after-school offerings

TOWNSHEND — Responding to students' ever-growing interests, Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School in Townshend has added to its line-up of after-school programs and activities.

Open to all students in grades 7-12, free of charge, the new offerings include:

• Photography: Christine Triebert of South Newfane will lead a series of workshops focused on the creative process. A three-time recipient of a Golden Light Award for photographic excellence, Triebert's original prints are held in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Polo Ralph Lauren, Bank of America, and The Ritz Carlton Hotel. Many of her images have been represented by major publishers in the U.S. and Europe.

• Create in Three Dimensions: L&G digital art specialist Kristen Wilson will lead a group focused on design basics, computer design, and 3D printing. Workshops will offer training in different software programs to help participants access new approaches to computer-aided design. Architectural designer David Cotton will be a special guest.

• Design & Construction 101: Students interested in building knowledge of the design-to-build process from concept to actual construction will join David Ahern on various building projects, beginning with simple in-school work that will lead to more involved outdoor construction projects. Several community members will be assisting with larger projects.

• Nursing 101: Students will work with Grace Cottage Hospital nurse and L&G alumna Desiree Plumley to learn basic nursing skills, the many types of careers available in nursing, and the candid realities of life in the field.

• Solar Energy 101: Students in this program will learn electronic basics and will be part of a team building a solar panel. Support will be provided by staff from Integrated Solar and Soveren Solar. Participants will learn about careers now offered in this field while gaining practical experience.

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