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Middle and High School Students Get a Boost from Free UCR Summer Programs

The Healthy Body — Healthy Mind program offers kids a balance of health, fitness and education, and Girls Excelling in Mathematics with Success (GEMS) provides a comprehensive look at how mathematics relates to their life and future.

(May 22, 2007)

The Healthy Body -- Healthy Mind Academy combines academics with recreation in free UCR summer program for young people.Enlarge

The Healthy Body -- Healthy Mind Academy combines academics with recreation in free UCR summer program for young people.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Students entering the seventh and eighth grade will have the opportunity to stretch their bodies and minds at the Healthy Body — Healthy Mind Academy held July 9 through 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the University of California, Riverside Student Recreation Center.

The free program, offered by UCR’s Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement (ALPHA), focuses on developing a well-rounded individual by providing a balance of health education, nutrition, fitness and positive thinking. Students receive instruction in mathematics as it relates to health, instruction in physical education as it relates to a healthy lifestyle as well as self-motivation, and character development through several indoor and outdoor activities.

“Our goal is to stimulate an awareness and exploration of self through these activities that inform as well as challenge,” said Pamela Clute, UCR assistant vice provost of academic partnerships and executive director of ALPHA Center. “Students attending the weeklong activities will emerge with more confidence and a positive outlook for success.”

Middle and high school girls will have a better understanding of how mathematics relates to the real world after attending the GEMS program held July 9 through 13 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center on the UCR campus.

“The purpose of GEMS is to empower girls with knowledge about mathematics, community service, mentoring and supporting one another,” said Clute. “As a result, girls are motivated to take more mathematics courses and consider careers that are mathematically based.”

GEMS is a collection of academies especially designed for middle and high school girls focusing on mathematics as it relates to college and to life. Surrounding school district teachers are encouraged to recommend underrepresented female students who they believe will benefit from the support and community building provided through the academies.

“A highlight of the academies is the inclusion of a myriad of female mathematicians who represent the variety of cultures that have contributed to mathematical knowledge,” said Clute. “It’s designed to help each girl realize the contributions of her own culture, thereby providing varied role models for all participants.”

Both programs are free of charge. All students need to bring with them is a positive attitude and a willingness to participate.

The application deadline for both programs is June 7. Contact: Linda Rankin, ALPHA Center (951) 827-5425 or Kimberly Stotts-Sanchez, Student Recreation Center (951) 827-4464 for more information about Health Body — Healthy Mind; and Mary Eggers-Simons, ALPHA Center (951) 827-7034 or Linda Rankin at (951) 827-5425 for more information about GEMS.

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