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CPCS students go to Clarkson for COLTS Day, learn about internet safety and local history

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COLTON - The 11th International Safer Internet Day was held last week,and Colton-Pierrepont Central School students celebrated the occasion by going to Clarkson University and taking part in COLTS Day.

CPCS started COLTS (Citizenship Opportunity Literacy Technology and Safety) Day last school year. Students in grades 7 through 12 went to Clarkson to learn about internet safety as well as their town’s history.

Colton-Pierrepont Superintendent Joseph A. Kardash feels that COLTS Day is a good chance for students to step out of their comfort zone and gain valuable knowledge.

“We try to get (the students) exposure to opportunities they wouldn’t normally have and to presenters they wouldn’t normally have. The kids get exposure to some of our local resources that they otherwise might not be aware of,” Mr. Kardash said.

“We partnered with Clarkson with the theme of International Safer Internet Day. We also partnered with the Sunday Rock Legacy Project to teach the kids some of our local history.”

For this school year, faculty are holding three separate COLTS Days for both the older and younger students.

According to the Safer Internet Day web site, the theme for 2014’s version of the day was “Let’s create a better internet together.”

CPCS also partners with The Sunday Rock Legacy Project each year to provide students with unique views of the hamlet’s history. This year focused on the 1940’s in Colton.

The presentations were based upon historical information captured by the Colton Historical Society as part of The Sunday Rock Legacy Project, which also involves CPCS and the Grasse River Players.

According to historical society President Cynthia Hennessy, “By working with CPCS and GRP, we are combining our historical, educational and theatrical interests to develop knowledge and skills within the town of Colton and the larger area within which we live.

“A common historical theme gives the society a wonderful opportunity to provide a unique summer exhibit at the Colton Museum. Then the information is available to share with students and others throughout the year,” she added.

CPCS guidance counselor Heather Rousell attended COLTS Day last week and was impressed with the results.

“I thought it was a great event. As the guidance counselor, I try to increase awareness of college life in general. Any time they can be exposed to college life is good. I think we are really lucky to have this opportunity, both for the students and the teachers,” Ms. Rousell said.

“We were able to get a tour of the robotics lab. They got to see the race cars they create for the different challenges, etc. I think it was really important for them to see that college it not only about going to class, but there are a lot of other exciting opportunities on campus too. (COLTS Day) increases digital citizenship and character education.”

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