N.H. high school students add to their education by leaving school

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N.H. high school students add to their education by leaving school

Sixteen-year-old Nick Fratto is one of the students at a high school in Hampton, New Hampshire, who added to their education by leaving school.

Instructors at the Winnacunnet High School allowed students to leave campus in November last year on as many as three days per week. The students drove toward North Hampton and did not return for around a couple of hours.

While leaving school could make an outsider believe that the students were cutting class, they indeed added to their education by gaining firsthand experience in the marketing business.

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Nick and others tudents were engaged in what the high school calls ELO (extended learning opportunity). Nick used to go to a local business called Larsen Edge Marketing, where he compiled data for clients. Kirsten Schultz, manager at Larsen Edge Marketing, was his mentor.

Donna Couture, full-time ELO coordinator at the high school, said, "Research is a big component. They will have to document that research . put together a presentation that encompasses her entire learning experience."

The students who acquired the skill will receive two credits toward graduation.

The program is one of the many that were started in response to the 2012 New Hampshire report, Student-Centered Learning in NH: An Overview and Analysis. The report had criticized schools for not doing enough to help students acquire skills they will need in the fast-changing world of work.

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