July 5, 2007

Chicago students receive summer camp scholarships from Shell

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Fourteen fifth- and sixth-graders from Chicago schools are attending Purdue University's summer camps for the academically, creatively and artistically gifted, thanks to Shell.

During the Gifted Education Resource Institute's (GERI) residential camp, students learn about a variety of topics including engineering, animation and forensic science.

"GERI has provided fun and educational camps for 30 years," said Rebecca Mann, GERI associate director. "And now, thanks to Shell's generosity, we are able to extend this outstanding experience to deserving students who attend Chicago public schools. We are thrilled to have Shell's support."

The summer residential camp offers interactive classes in mathematics; science and technology; visual and performing arts; language arts; and interdisciplinary courses for children in grades 5-12. Campers, who stay in the residence halls, attend either one- or two-week sessions, which continue through July 14. Tuition for the program is $925 a week.

Of the 14 Shell scholarship campers, 11 students from O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy, a Chicago public school magnet school, are attending camp during the next two weeks. O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy serves kindergarten through eighth-grade students with an emphasis on literacy, mathematics, science and the arts.

"The Purdue opportunity is rich in so many ways," said Kathleen Bandolik, principal of O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy. "We are so fortunate to have Thorp students involved. I know my students will return to Thorp and bring their experiences in critical thinking, problem solving, investigation and teamwork back to their classrooms. I cannot wait to see the impact this experience will have on their 2007-2008 academic year. The value of the university connection to the elementary school student is incredible in terms of student learning."

Shell is a worldwide group of oil, gas and petrochemical companies with interests in biofuels, wind and solar power, and hydrogen. Shell is active in more than 130 countries and territories and employs 108,000 people worldwide.

Media contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Sources: Rebecca Mann, (765) 494-7243, rlmann@purdue.edu

Tonya Agnew, College of Education communications director, (765) 494-0568, tragnew@purdue.edu

Kathleen Bandolik, (773) 534-3640, kpbandolik@cps.k12.il.us

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to JournalistsCampers will receive certificates at a graduation ceremony at the end of each camp session. The first ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday (July 7) at Earhart Hall. Rebecca Mann, GERI associate director, will speak at the ceremony, and Kathleen Bandolik, O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy principal, will attend. Mark Pagano, dean of conferences, will speak at the second ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on July 14 at Earhart Hall.

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