A-Venture Academy has been chosen as Rhode Island Honorable Mention and National Special Project Rookie of the Year in the 2015 National Education Development (NEED) Project Youth Awards. They have won a trip to Washington, DC.
Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and Marion Gold, Commissioner of the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, recognized six Rhode Island schools for their achievements in energy education programs. A-Venture Academy was one of three national winners selected by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) program, along with Scituate High School and Dr. Earl F. Calcutt Middle School of Central Falls.
“I am pleased to recognize these schools for their achievements in advancing energy literacy and raising awareness of energy’s role in our world,” Treasurer Magaziner said. “The NEED program is a wonderful example of what is possible when students and teachers work together to tackle the greatest challenges facing our state. Our national winners are demonstrating that a healthy environment and strong economy go hand-in-hand and their accomplishments serve as an example for others to follow.”
“We are fortunate to have so many passionate and dedicated teachers and students in the NEED program,” Commissioner Gold said. “All six schools have demonstrated a commitment to energy literacy and I am pleased to recognize them here today. Congratulations to all teachers and students that participated this year and a special congratulations to Scituate High School, A-Venture Academy and Calcutt Middle School, all of whom will be representing Rhode Island in our nation’s capital.”
A-Venture students who completed the project participate in the school’s Science Club. Every day, they explore and participate in group experiments and activities that focus on ways to conserve energy at home and at school. For their project, Conserving for our Future, A-Venture students participated in labs, provided writing samples, games and activities that led to a Powerpoint submission to the NEED Board of Directors and staff. They also made electrical and solar circuits, constructed solar ovens, developed energy games and created a weekly bulletin board as part of this project.
The Science Club students who participated are: Ty’Reek Stanfield, Noah Moore, Arthur Logan, Eric Rodriguez, Carmen Valentin and Michael Dee. Valentin and Dee will represent the school in Washington, D.C.
“It’s an honor that, as a new school in the city, we were able to achieve this incredible recognition,” said teacher Melissa Benevides. “I was so fortunate to have my administrator, Mr. John Gallo, who once taught science to guide me along the way. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of the A-Venture Academy community.”
A-Venture Academy is an alternate placement program serving middle and high school students that provides a personalized approach to learning, empowering students to overcome significant challenges by the explicit teaching of pro-social behaviors, the cultivation of restorative practices, and the use of multiple pathways to earning academic credits.