Middle School Program
About The Program
Any middle school girl living in Madison County’s rural mountain communities – Hot Springs, Spring Creek, and Laurel — can participate each summer in an educational and fun summer program. Girls enter the program as rising 6th graders and can attend at no cost for four consecutive years.
The program spans six weeks of the summer, with two three-week terms (one for grades 6-7 and one for grades 8-9). Our students participate in learning activities that foster 21st century literacy skills, critical thinking, and leadership. Girls read novels and participate in small book group discussions led by Duke undergraduates. They do photography and create digital stories that bring together one of the oldest traditions in mountain culture – storytelling – with 21st century skills and new technologies.
Our program days always include time for arts, crafts, and camp-like activities that are led by Duke undergraduates. PAGE girls enjoy healthy outdoor activities such as canoeing on a mountain lake and hiking, experience fun and educational fieldtrips such as visiting a local organic farm, and visit college campuses. Girls form lasting relationships with Duke students, while being able to make new friends and spend time with old ones. Each morning our students sit down to breakfast and, later in the day, enjoy a nourishing lunch, served free of charge to all participants.
These fun and engaging learning experiences are provided by a staff that includes a Lead Teacher from Madison County Public Schools, the Project Director, and a team of committed and energetic Duke University undergraduates.
Each girl has the full support she needs to develop more confidence and academic skills while enjoying a summer of unforgettable moments and memories. Summer is a chance for Madison County girls to challenge themselves, try new things, and just be themselves! Watch out world, here they come.