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Upward Bound celebrates 25th birthday

Posted 06/24/14

The Upward Bound program at Fitchburg State University will observe its 25th birthday with a campus-wide party this Friday, June 27 at Thompson Hall and on the main quadrangle.

Upward Bound is a year-round, college preparatory program funded by the federal Department of Education and sponsored by Fitchburg State since 1989. The program stresses academic development, serving 67 high school students in Fitchburg and Leominster for the duration of their high school careers and beyond. Eligibility is based on first generation college status, family income, and academic motivation.

Each summer, Upward Bound students take part in a six-week residential program, living on campus Monday through Friday and taking academic courses to better prepare them for college. In addition, students volunteer at community work sites and participate in a variety of recreational and cultural activities.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. in Thompson Hall, with a presentation about the history of Upward Bound, student and alumni speakers, and a special recognition award. More from program alumni will be shared during an “alumni museum” at 11:15 a.m. on the main quadrangle, where visitors will enjoy games like a competitive water balloon toss. A barbecue lunch for all participants will follow at noon on the quad, which will also host family games and an appearance by Blinkee the Clown at 1 p.m.

Upward Bound’s school year program provides academic support for students through tutoring services, educational and college preparatory workshops, and cultural field trips. Program participants have access to many of the University’s resources and facilities.

Fitchburg State’s Upward Bound program serves students from Leominster High School, Fitchburg High School and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.

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