Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart has received primary sponsorship for its 2006 Summer STARS Program from Bristol-Myers Squibb. The company has supported the program for 15 years. This year’s $50,000 contribution from BMS makes possible the continuation of this academic enrichment program for children from Trenton’s inner city.
Each year more than 100 children from grades two to six participate in the four-week program. The program is primarily focused on academics, with the children spending much of the day in the classroom improving on science, math, reading, and writing skills. It also includes swimming lessons, field trips, and nature walks, choral and instrumental music, a hands-on art component, and leadership training.
The program offers volunteer opportunities to youngsters from Stuart and other schools. Each volunteer is assigned to a teacher and age group and acts as a chaperone and role model for the younger children. Former STARS participants often return to the program as volunteers.