Mindflight, a summer residential program at Plymouth State College for middle school students, is the beneficiary of a $5,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation through Noyes Fiber Systems, a division of Alcoa Fujikura Ltd.
Maureen McConnon, human resources manager at Noyes, presented the check to Mindflight founder James McGarry, professor of psychology, and President Donald P. Wharton at the company’s offices located on Rt. 106 in Belmont.
The Alcoa grant is the largest single Mindflight business partnership and may be enhanced at a future date by the participation of Noyes employee volunteers in the program
“We are a vision and values company,” says McConnon, “and we want monies from the Alcoa Foundation to be funneled into environmental and educational activities that enrich children.” McConnon says the decision to make a contribution to Mindflight is based on the connection the company felt the program has with its environment, health and safety values.
McGarry says the grant will be used to enrich the Mindflight program and potentially offer scholarship assistance. “Mindflight provides an enrichment program for ambitious students who like to explore areas beyond the traditional middle school curriculum,” he says. “It offers a real collegiate experience that plants the seed of attending college from some and enhances the resolve of others to further their education.”
Mindflight’s four primary themes during the six-day program are Multimedia Madness, Sights and Sounds of Space, Ecological Expeditions and Mythical Masks of Creative Expression. The interdisciplinary programs include opportunities to work in multimedia, on the Internet, in biology and environmental sciences labs, digital music composition and electronic piano studios, art and writing studios, and computer and graphic design labs, all at PSC. Instructors for Mindflight include a mix of PSC faculty, alumni and area teachers, in addition to McGarry.
Mindflight 2002 will be held July 14 – 19, and is open to students completing their sixth, seventh or eighth grade year. The program is limited to 70 participants and selection is based on a student’s academic performance and/or teacher recommendations. The cost for the program is $375 and includes room, meals, instruction, materials and all activities. For information contact Jim McGarry at 535-2365.