From June 24th to July 19th, one of our most exciting programs happens each summer- the Worcester Partnership. Through this exciting collaboration between Bancroft School, Regatta Point, and the Elm Park Community School, students spend two weeks engaging in a day of academics focused on engaging in hands on curriculum, and then half the day out on the lake working on sailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Although the Worcester Partnership targets students from first to ninth grade, Regatta Point brings the sixth and seventh grade students out on the water during the afternoons during this crucial transition to middle school. The site teacher from Bancroft describes the program as “a wonderful way for the students to have a good time with their friends while still doing “school” and allows them to learn through experience.”
The Worcester Partnership began in 2003 to help students combat “Summer Slide” and to help students foster independent learning skills. Lake Quinsigamond is a great place for this to happen- as the experiential education throughout these weeks helps them work as problem solvers, and to challenge themselves physically and mentally. Having the same students come each year really allows them to build a community of learners. (not to mention as boaters!) This program is mostly funded by donations and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.