Alternative school gives kids a second chance

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Students at an alternative school in Frankfort are making the grade and gaining a brighter future.

The Crossing places at-risk students in a learning environment that focuses on academics, as well as giving back to the community. The school has about 40 students whose ages range from middle school to high school.

Half of the day, students attend regular academic classes. For the other half, they volunteer in the community. Tree trimming and helping at the humane society are a couple of services the students provide.

Campus administrator Marissa Mills said the mix of academics and service will provide a well-rounded education.

“Number one is taking the focus off of themselves. I think that helps them see a bigger picture for life. Secondly, getting them to have a successful time in school. Showing them that they can get through algebra, [and] they can get through government,” said Mills.

“When I was at the middle school, I didn’t feel like I was that smart. I didn’t feel like I had a lot of potential. Since I’ve been here, they’ve shown me that in my life I have a lot more potential than I ever thought possible,” said freshman Adam Howe.

The Clinton County Crossing receives funding from area school corporations along with private donations.

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