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Notes and notables: Newport News SPARK program, Virginia wineries grape shortage

Notes and notables: Newport News SPARK program, Virginia wineries grape shortage

Lighting a spark The phrase summer school does not conjure up pleasant images. In general, students and teachers alike would tend to associate it with rote drudgery and with being stuck inside on a brilliant summer day. But Newport News Public Schools' new SPARK program (Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge) is trying to change that image. The program, being piloted this summer in the Southeast Community, uses a creative and interactive approach to learning that feels entirely different from sitting at a desk and listening to lectures. The program has drawn about 1,800 students, most of them voluntary, to full-day sessions at Heritage High School, Huntington Middle...

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