Community partners help support summer enrichment

Several Herkimer High School students are getting the chance to further their educations this summer through regional enrichment programs.

Students are nominated for the programs by their teachers, and the district works with local sponsors and Herkimer BOCES so that students can attend programs at no cost to their families.

The focus of the programs varies, but as Principal Mary Tomaso points out, the goal of each is the same: to give students a chance to do more.

“We want to provide opportunities for students beyond what they have here at Herkimer,” Mrs. Tomaso said.

Project Fibonacci

Four Herkimer HS students will attend the 2018 STEAM Conference presented by the Project Fibonacci Foundation Inc. of Rome.

Now in its third year, the annual conference hosts students ages 15-20 at The Beeches professional campus in Rome for a week of workshops, tours and activities focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The conference, which is scheduled for July 22-28, includes a College and Career Fair focused on academic and employment opportunities throughout the region.

The program will close with a presentation and celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Rome Free Academy. The public is invited to attend to see STEAM Scholars present their final projects. The event will include food trucks and live music.

Student tuition for Project Fibonacci is supported by the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.

Horizons

A Herkimer Jr. High student was also nominated to attend the Horizons program at Clarkson University.

Horizons aims “to help girls embrace the excitement of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) and to better understand and communicate its everyday use and importance,” according to its website.

Herkimer has sent students to the Horizons program for several years. The residential, weeklong program offers project-based learning in small-group settings.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation

Two Herkimer HS students also had the opportunity to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth State Leadership Seminar for central New York.

The seminar, held in June at Utica College, helps high school sophomores develop leadership talents through interactive activities and workshops. Students also had the opportunity to explore college life by staying in university dorms and sharing rooms with other sophomores from around the state.