Archive for Thursday, August 24, 2006

Parent group to offer help to gifted program

August 24, 2006

A new group is working to help gifted students in the Basehor-Linwood district reach their full potential.

Tracey Kahle and a handful of other parents started the Basehor-Linwood Advocates for Gifted Students, a parent volunteer group, last year.

"We're very much in the emergence stages of forming our group," Kahle said. "We're working on the basics of developing this into a formal volunteer group."

The main purpose of the group is for parents to network and share information about the gifted program in the district.

The group also plans to collaborate with other districts and explore events to bring enrichment programs to students.

Last year, the group attended the Engineering EXPO at Kansas University that features exhibits, activities and demonstrations to help school-age children learn about engineering. Students also can participate in design competitions, which include constructing a car or computer programming. Kahle said that while Basehor-Linwood students didn't attend the event last year, the group hopes to extend these types of enrichment programs to gifted students.

During the next few group meetings, the advocates will be focusing on a fundraiser to help teachers in the gifted program raise money for supplies, field trips and competitions. Kahle said they also want to spread the word about the gifted program.

"One of the things we're really working on now is bringing the awareness of our gifted program to all of the patrons of the Basehor-Linwood school district," she said.

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