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Class helps Students Charting a course to the Future

Mark Good
Seventh-grader Parker Murphy double-checks the distance for one leg of a boat trip, above, while school superintendent Rob Liebow looks on.

A navigation class at the Tremont Consolidated School could be helping students chart their way to a diploma.

Four students – Colby Lee, Justin Lee, Parker Murphy and Dylan Thurston – have been arriving at school early to take the navigation class. MDI RSS superintendent Rob Liebow is volunteering his time to teach the class, which is part of the school’s Options program. Assisting Mr. Liebow is math teacher Jim Sawyer.

The Options program began in January 2010 as an alternative for students who benefit more from hands-on instruction than typical classroom time.

“The idea is to give those kids something they’re interested in that can relate to their future,” Mr. Liebow said. “Traditional school might not be their thing.”

The program is for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. That is an important age, Mr. Liebow said, a time when young people might not see the connection between the classroom and their lives outside school.

“The job of education is to show kids this does matter,” he said.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander