The seeds of college are planted early at VMA all boys charter school.
BRADENTON, Fl. June 13, 2014 – While Summer has begun for Manatee and Sarasota County students, Visible Men Academy (VMA) students are taking advantage of the longer school year until June 20th experiencing Eckerd College on the morning of June 12th in St. Petersburg, FL. Cheryl Gold, Director of Continuing Education and Conferences greeted the students, ranging from Kingergarten-2nd grade, toured the campus and spoke with staff and students. Gold shared information about the majors and programs at Eckerd College including the Children’s Marine Discovery Camp and the Waterfront Program. Students heard about college life first hand from Eckerd College Psychology major, Amira Bundy and learned about the importance of scholarships and tuition.
Former Mayor of Sarasota, Kelly Kirschner, who serves as Eckerd College’s Dean of Special Programs arranged the field trip, and serves on the Advisory Board of Visible Men Academy.
“One of our strong beliefs at VMA is that we have to connect our students with real-life images of how their future can look,” expressed Neil Phillips, Founder and Principal at Visible Men Academy. “A visit to college will help form a memorable impression for them to strive for even at this young age. Spending the morning at Eckerd College was exciting for our boys and will help propel them on their path of lifelong success,” added Phillips. While touring the college, students explored the Armacost Library, took pictures at the campus hotspot “South Beach”, and had lunch at an on campus pavilion.
This is the fourth field trip for the new school this year. Other trips included visits to Hunsader Farms, Mote Aquarium, and Florida Studio Theatre.
About Visible Men Academy
The mission of Visible Men Academy (VMA) is to provide boys with outstanding academic, character, and social education in a nurturing school environment. The purpose is to deliver a high-quality educational experience that meets the specific needs of at-risk elementary and middle school aged boys through the collaborative efforts of administrators, teachers, parents, the broader community, and the students themselves. The VMA vision is to lead boys toward a realization of their innate strong character – boys who are family orientated, community conscious, and globally aware.
VMA opened August 2013 with the inaugural class of 75 Kindergarten, First and Second grades in Manatee and Sarasota County. VMA is now accepting enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year for Kindergarten to Fourth grade students. For more information, please contact Visible Men Academy at 941.758.7588 or visit our website www.vmacademy.org.
Photo attached is of Visible Men Academy First grade teacher Kalyn Hixon exploring the Eckerd College Library with her students.