exploration gives back

Recently, Exploration answered the call to help by donating 50 cellphones to two worthy Massachusetts causes—The Cellphone for Soldiers Program and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). Through donations, Cellphones for Solider provides our forces with overseas cellphones and prepaid calling cards so that can stay in touch with their loved ones. BARCC works in conjunction with Verizon's Hopeline Program which strives to assist victims of domestic violence by providing them with wireless phones and airtime.

Last summer, Explo students also found creative ways to give back. The Explo Entrepreneur class at the Intermediate Program raised $543.86 through their savvy business endeavors and donated their earnings to the Make-A-Wish foundation. At the Senior Program, students in the Bingham Hall dorm held a Penny Point Wars drive where living groups competed for bragging rights and prizes. RAs designed activities and challenges in which students could cialisfrance24.com earn penny points for their team. In total, $177.38 was collected and donated to the Connecticut Food Bank.

making a splash!


"Those three weeks changed my life!" says Amy Estersohn [Intermediate Student '94] of her summer of Exploration on the campus of Wellesley College. "Explo was a chance for me to be comfortable loving learning."

Years later, Amy followed her love of learning to the University of Chicago, where she became involved in Splash!, a program geared toward low-income high school students on the South Side of Chicago. One Saturday each fall, students from 25 high schools around Chicago gather at UChicago to take short classes they feel passionate about and that deviate from standard curriculum. What makes the Chicago Splash! program unique is that courses and lunch are provided free of charge.

"It's meaningful to provide a stellar enrichment program for a under-resourced, under-served population," she says.

From a course that explores primate and animal behavior to another that delves into the history and culture of pirates, Splash! opens ups students eyes to the idea that learning can be fun.

"I'm so on board with the educational philosophy of helping students learn to love learning," says Amy.

As a member of Learning Unlimited, Amy and the Chicago Splash! program are part of a national organization that offers similar programs on the campuses of MIT, Stanford, Duke, and Northwestern. While the majority of volunteer teachers are undergraduate college students, the program also draws alums from various fields—some have their PhDs, while others work in finance or computer science.

At the program, Amy has taught courses in cult movements and journalism. Today, she serves as an administrator focused on student outreach.

"For me," says Amy, "Explo got the ball rolling."

explo spirit day 2010

Naomi Guttman [Intermediate Student '09] and Livvy Zalesin [Intermediate Student '08-'09] were only roommates for one week last summer at the Intermediate Program before one half of the duo became sick. Yet, in that quick week, they became friends for life. After keeping in touch this past year via text and email, the roomies had a great weekend reunion in New York, where Livvy lives. The two sported their Explo lanyards as they strolled the streets of SoHo in celebration of Explo Spirit day.

Today, from classrooms to corporations, Exploration Summer Programs student and faculty alumni alike are donning their Explo t-shirts, lanyards, and headbands in celebration of Exploration Spirit Day. David Gumins [Junior Student '06-'07, Intermediate Student '08-'09] is the mover and shaker behind this celebration, which more than 1,015 alums are taking part in, according to the event's Facebook page. Photos are pouring in from alums around the globe and are being posted in real time on Exploration Summer Programs Alumni Facebook page. To send in your Explo Spirit photo, email alumni@explo.org.

following liz mitchell's tracks

Back in the summer of '91, before her claim to fame as the singer-songwriter with the cat-eyed glasses, Lisa Loeb was putting on coffeehouse-style impromptu concerts at Wellesley College—the then campus of the Senior Program—alongside college friend/roommate and Explo faculty member Liz Mitchell [Senior Faculty '91]. The duo from Brown University class of '90 had formed the aptly named band Liz and Lisa, and produced two albums, the first self-titled along with the following Days are Different.

After singing backup in Lisa's chart-topping “Stay (I Missed You)”—which Ethan Hawke famously pushed to include on the soundtrack of the Gen X favorite Reality Bites—Mitchell charted the course of her own music career. In Brooklyn, Liz composed, sang, and played the guitar in the indie rock band Ida, formed by she and her future husband Dan Littleton. The group's gentle folk rock sound was the perfect segue to her foray into children's music.

With her folk sensibilities, Liz's albums You Are My Flower (1999), You Are My Sunshine (2002), and You Are My Little Bird (2006) breathe new life into childhood standbys such as “Skip to https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/achat-viagra-en-ligne-sans-ordonnance/ My Lou” and “Froggy Went a Courtin.” (Important side note: Liz managed to slip in her rendition Bob Marley's “Three Little Birds” for parental enjoyment!)

Check out Liz on tambourine and Lisa strumming guitar in following music video for the title song of Catch the Moon (2003), the reunited duo's children's album. With tracks ranging from the French Bedtime song “Fais Do Do” to Bob Dylan's “New Morning,” the collection of tunes has a little something for everyone.

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