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New program at UCR seeks participants

New program at UCR seeks participants

(March 29, 2001)

A new program at the University of California, Riverside for middle-school students that mixes math learning with physical fitness and motivational training is looking for participants.

An informational meeting for prospective participants is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, April 2, at the Student Recreation Center. The program, known as Project WISE (Wisdom Integrating Sports and Education), is free to students entering seventh and eighth grades in September and is scheduled to run June 25-29.

Pamela Clute, director of the ALPHA Center at UCR, which is sponsoring the event with the Student Recreation Center, will provide an overview of the weeklong program. She will also speak about student and parent requirements and the goals of Project WISE: To develop well-rounded individuals by balancing the role of academics, fitness, and a positive mental attitude.

Some requirements include:
  • A recommendation from a teacher.
  • Attendance at all five sessions, which run from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • A positive attitude and willingness to engage in activities.
  • Parents or guardians must provide timely transportation to and from the Student Recreation Center.

The project will provide daily snacks, duffel bags, books, T-shirts, posters and water bottles to participating students. The ALPHA center will pay all costs associated with the program.

For more information, call the ALPHA Center at (909) 787-5425.

Maps and directions to UCR and the Student Recreation Center are available at information kiosks located at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Visitor parking costs up to $6 per vehicle. Parking for events after 4 p.m. cost $3 per vehicle.

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