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Eugene Field Students Reaching New Heights with LEAD Program

Every Friday afternoon Eugene Field students get to step outside of the classroom and explore a variety of different careers.
 
Like aviation. A group of students had the opportunity to go to the Davenport Municipal Airport where they got a tour from RIMSD#41 IT Director Troy Bevans. Mr. Bevans is also a pilot. They got to check out plans and learn more about aviation. 
 
 
It's part of the school's LEAD program. The LEAD program is an after-school enterprise that aims to develop creativity, promote critical thinking, enhance higher-order thinking skills and prepare kids for college through real-world experiences. The program is unique in that it is offered four Friday's a quarter and is incorporated into the school day. 
 
Courses such as Engineering (provided by the Putnam Museum), Circuitry (provided by the Putnam Museum), Cooking (provided by HyVee Rock Island), and Art (provided by the FIGGE) are a few of the possibilities. 
 
Students in 5th and 6th grades go on visits to local colleges and universities and explore career majors available after graduating from high school. Students are also exposed to career paths in the construction and building trades.
 
The program also aligns with the district's Vision - "To be a premier learning organization that enables students to achieve their maximum potential by equipping them with the necessary skills to be college, career, and life ready in a rapidly changing global society."