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CONNECT Program

West Point CONNECT program Highland Falls NY

CONNECT is an out-of-school program created to provide learning opportunities to Highland Falls Intermediate School students. CONNECT is a program operated in collaboration between the Highland Falls & Fort Montgomery Central School District and WPAOG. Our vision is to provide Highland Falls Intermediate School students with high-quality experiences that support their academics and expand their interests. We intend to create opportunities for students to learn and apply their learning in a real-world, exciting, fun, and safe environment. The CONNECT program offers individual attention, adult assistance, youth mentors, nutritional support, and physical activity.  EVENT UPDATE

The CONNECT program is part of a broader Hudson Valley Project, a WPAOG initiative whose mission is to invest in the Highland Falls community and neighbors of West Point; and to create a connection for grads, staff and faculty, and the Long Gray Line, to the community outside the gates of its Rockbound Highland Home. CONNECT directly addresses USMA Strategy lines of effort and the view of many alumni that neighbor communities are important partners of the Academy and vital team members of the West Point community. The success of HVP and CONNECT will be a mutual benefit to Highland Falls and West Point in many ways; among them are increasing the prosperity of the village; enhancing the partnership between the community and the Academy; and benefiting the recruitment of West Point Cadets, faculty, and staff.

 


- On March 16, local students participated in the latest CONNECT after-school program event. A partnership between WPAOG and Highland Falls Intermediate School (HFIS), CONNECT hosted USMA Cadets and Officers from the Center for Leadership and Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEAM) who led students in learning about and operating robots. The students quickly developed enough ability to maneuver robots through challenging obstacles and mazes while cadets skillfully taught, mentored, and organized.

- On March 3, WPAOG, in partnership with the Highland Falls Intermediate School (HFIS), held a second CONNECT event, part of an after-school program providing HFIS students high-quality experiences that support their academics and expand their interests. Students focused on Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STREAM)-learning through drones, with instruction and tech provided by a local company, Drone Cadets, in cooperation with HFIS staff. SEE PHOTOS

- On February 1, WPAOG, in partnership with the Highland Falls Intermediate School (HFIS), launched CONNECT—an after-school program to provide HFIS students with high-quality experiences that support their academics and expand their interests. The theme of this CONNECT session was discipline, health, and fitness. West Point Cadets participated as mentors, discussing nutrition with students, providing healthy snacks, instructing on volleyball and team handball skills, and leading students in activities.

WPAOG CONNECT program Highland Falls, NYIn the short-term we want to help relieve the stresses on children and families caused by the pandemic,” said Todd Browne, CEO, and President. “And, over the long-term, we believe that enhancing educational opportunities for our children has a direct positive effect on our community. Schools are the heart of any community and working with HFIS Principal Yashira Maldonado and her staff has been amazing."