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WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â€” Chariho will be Rhode Islandâ€™s first district to establish a chapter of the Future Educators Association (FEA), an international student organization dedicated to supporting young people interested in education-related careers.
â€śFounded in 1937, FEA has helped thousands of students develop the skills and strong leadership traits that are found in high-quality educators over the past 75 years,â€ť according to its website,www.futureeducators.org.
Chariho High School English teacher Dana Hall will be the chapterâ€™s faculty liaison. She submitted a request for $125 to cover the cost of applying for membership, which was approved by the Chariho School Committee on Nov. 12.
In a letter to the school committee requesting approval of the chapter, Hall wrote that the purpose of the FEA is to expose students to various careers in education.
â€śBy elevating the image of teaching through meaningful work,â€ť she wrote, â€śFEA will attract dynamic and diverse students who will become tomorrowâ€™s great educators.â€ť
â€śWe are establishing a group of kids who are really interested in being educators and connecting them with the right people within our district, within our community,â€ť Hall said. â€śWe have a lot kids who want to go into elementary education, or senior education, or become corporate instructors.â€ť
Hall said that the high school has a well-established peer-to-peer tutor program but FEA will include a broader range of educational experiences.
â€śWe wanted to do something different from the peer tutor program so that any student who is interested in being an educator can explore the field now and practice,â€ť she said.
For the whole story, pick up tomorrow's Chariho Times.