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Teachers gain "real world" lessons: Program builds bridge of math, science skills from classroom to business


"From medical facilities to government offices, to a zoo and an art museum, 36 Stark
County math and science teachers completed internships this summer with 29 businesses.
"I can't believe I did so much in two weeks," said Donna Klayder, an Alliance High
School science teacher whose internship was at the Stark County Crime Lab.
The program is an effort of the Stark County Educational Service Center to increase
student achievement and reduce the achievement gap at the secondary level in math and
science. The center obtained a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation.
"We're doing the right thing," said Todd Alkire, a high school physics teacher switching
this year to eighth grade science at North Canton City Schools."