Summer’s here and graduating residents of the Portage Academy at Cassidy Lake are looking ahead to a sober, productive life. Youth at the Cassidy Lake Rehabilitation Centre in New Brunswick attend class four hours a day. Portage firmly believes that schooling makes for better social reintegration.
School programs at the Portage Academy are provided by local school boards, and are bilingual to best meet the needs of both Anglophone and Francophone students. The classes are small so that everyone can learn at their own rhythm. Residents receive the help and encouragement they need to rediscover their academic abilities and even go on to postsecondary studies.
As the school year nears its end, residents at the Cassidy Lake Centre are getting ready to graduate. This year, eight students will be going back to their previous school to receive their diploma. Two former students of the Academy who completed their program last September have gone back to school and been awarded an outstanding achievement award. Another student has received his GED certificate and will be entering the job market.
School never stops at Portage and several students will continue attending classes until they graduate in the fall. A teacher at the Centre said he was extremely proud of the students and very excited to see them continue on the path to academic or professional success.
Since 2007, seven scholarships have been awarded every year to students of the Portage Atlantic Academy. The scholarships can be as much as $4,000 per youth. They are awarded above all to youth who are steadfast in their determination to remain sober and complete their studies.