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Rural Gifted Students Grateful for Summer Enrichment

A handful of rural gifted students got the chance this summer to spend time in a three-week residential program, and many said they enjoyed the experience so much that they didn't want to go home.

We featured a new scholarship program, Rural Connections, here on the blog a few weeks ago, and we took a closer look at it in a recently published article.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, in Baltimore, won a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, based in Lansdowne, Va., that will enable more than 120 rural, low-income 7th, 8th, and 9th graders to attend the center's existing summer program for academic enrichment.

Although these rural students make up only a fraction of the roughly 10,000 students who attend the annual programs, those we interviewed were grateful for the opportunity to be there and hoped to return next summer. Research has shown more needs to be done for rural gifted students.

Check out the story, and while you're at it, take a peek at the great photography done by Melanie Burford, who spent some time at the program site at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

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