Incoming freshmen prepare for high school life

By WEEK Producer

July 16, 2012 Updated Jul 16, 2012 at 6:25 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- A six-year program is making the transition to high school easier for some Bloomington students.

About 200 incoming freshmen are learning the ropes through Raiders 101.

The goal is to work on team building and social skills to boost students' confidence and excitement about high school.

During the two-week program, teachers say the students participate in academic tasks, as well as community service projects.

"As the program has grown, we've tried to implement more community action and citizenry among students, letting them know about high school as kind of a gateway for them to be active in the community," said Casey Kelly, BHS English Teacher.

Teachers say the program also helps curtail the freshman failure rate. Grant and district funds pay for Raiders 101.

Students return to Bloomington High School on August 20 for a half-day.

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