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HVP May 2017

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Page 30 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 31 Summer Camp Early Registration Discount Until May 31st 130 Dubois Road, New Paltz • 845-255-6668 • Currently enrolling for the School Year 2017-18 PreK thru 3 rd Grade Hands on Experiential Learning changed the direction of her chil- dren's lives. Castor homeschooled her three children and when the time came to start looking at colleges she began to do some research. Very quickly, she came across "Colleges That Change Lives." "My oldest and my youngest ended up at schools that are in that book," she says. Castor's eldest daughter graduat- ed from St. John's College in Annap- olis, which makes an appearance in "Colleges That Change Lives." Her mother said her daughter is an avid reader. But, being that she was schooled from home, she craved interaction and discussion with her future fellow students - which St. John's more than provided. It's an "all required" program, meaning all students have to take all classes. Another success story Her youngest daughter is a soph- omore at Juniata College in Pennsyl- vania that also makes an appearance in the book. "I took her on a college tour to about 10 places and it was the last place we went. It was totally clari- ty. She said, 'This place is for me!'" she says of her daughter's reaction during their initial visit. Her youngest daughter has a great interest in the sciences - but she also has an artistic bent. At Juniata, she majors in phys- ics and minors in mathematics and ceramics. Over spring break, she stayed to build a kiln at school. She will spend her summer doing a fellowship with the National Radio Telescope. These are experiences, both on campus and off, that Castor says ha- ven't fully presented themselves for her middle child who is attending a much better known, prestigious university. "We would have never have known about [Juniata] if it wasn't for this book," she says. A non-affiliated nonprofit, but with the same name as the book, is holding a fair with the colleges pro- filed in the book in New York City on May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Americas Hall I located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas. The fair is free and is open to all high school students. No pre-regis- tration is required. Representatives from "Colleges That Change Lives" schools will be at a free and public college fair in New York City on May 21. See de- tails in the article. Mom, you deserve a treat! Enter to win a gift certifi cate to Edible Arrangements Contest begins May 3 of the Hudson Valley Newburgh . Monroe . Middletown . Kingston

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