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April 26th: 1st Annual Spanish Language Spelling Bee

VELLOP is collaborating with Middle Main, La Voz, the City School District, and Grupo Folklorico to bring a Spanish Language Spelling Bee to Poughkeepsie. The event will be a competition for local students in 4th-6th grade, intended to honor the bilingual literacy of local residents. Students are given so many opportunities to practice their writing in English, but very few to practice in Spanish. We are hoping to celebrate local students and host a fun community event.


The Dyson Foundation awards Vassar College $600,000 grant to establish the program Exploring College, designed to help prepare Poughkeepsie High School students for college success

The Dyson Foundation of Millbrook, NY, has awarded Vassar College $600,000 to fund the Exploring College Program, a three-year pilot project to better prepare Poughkeepsie High School students with combined high academic achievement and low income backgrounds for admission and success in college. The program is designed to improve college readiness and aspirations for students from underrepresented backgrounds, to increase the number of these students who attend college, and to expand the collaboration between Vassar College and the City of Poughkeepsie schools.


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