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Originally posted October 17, 2012
One of the leading programs in not just the nation but the world is Union’s own Union Alternative School. Visitors from around the country and as far away as England have visited the school t gain insights on the program which has graduated well more than 1,000 students.
Last week, Laurie Lamb, the statewide director of alternative education for the state of Arkansas and the president of the National Alternative Education Association, toured the school. Also touring was Denise Riley, Union’s former OTAC Field Coordinator, who is now on the board of the NAEA.
“They were here to learn about all aspects of our school,” Principal Richard Storm said, and they stopped several times to visit with students and teachers as he showed them around.
With public education facing an uncertain future, and in particular, specialty programs like alternative education, Storm said, “I think now is a crucial time for us to do all that we can to make people aware of the success that we are having at Union Alternative School."
Lamb lauded the staff at Union Alternative and hoped to feature the school on their national website as a successful model for other schools.
For more information, visit http://the-naea.org/NAEA/
Below are photos from the tour as well as class scenes of students in science, math, English and social science programs. Activities included a biology lesson and studying the counties of Oklahomas part of Oklahom history.