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Fifteen Lafayette faculty and several students will be part of an educational program that Lafayette will host for Easton Area School District students tomorrow..

Sponsored by Search for an Appropriate Gifted Education — a network of parents, teachers, and administrators who plan educational events outside of school — workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m.-noon for children from kindergarten through second grade and from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for the third through eighth grades.

Although the number of participants is limited to 180, registration forms have been distributed to parents of eligible children throughout the school district.

The event will provide information on subjects that the students otherwise would not be exposed to for many years to come, says SAGE committee member Lori Young, user services specialist for Lafayette Computer Services and coordinator of the workshops for grades 3-8. “It is a hands-on event that enables children to understand what it is like to be a college student,” she adds.

The day consists of workshops taught by Lafayette professors and Easton Area School District faculty, lunch in the Farinon Center dining hall, campus tours, and several extra-curricular activities. Several Lafayette student organizations and clubs, such as the Chorduroys, the Marquis Players, and the International Students Association, will be part of the event by performing or organizing an activity for the children. The Landis Community Outreach Center will also be involved with the program.

Workshop topics will range from “Chemistry Lab” and “Tour of Latin America” to “Scare Resources” and “What Do You Know about Drinking Water?” The 15 Lafayette professors who have volunteered to teach workshops include Javad Tavakoli, associate professor and head of chemical engineering; William Miles, associate professor of chemistry; Edward Gamber, associate professor economics and business; and Michael Jordan, associate professor of foreign language and literature.

Past SAGE events and outings have included performances at the William Center for the Arts, academic summer programs, and workshops for parents of gifted children. SAGE also raises money to present scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.

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