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Mementos Donates to Upward Bound

July 7, 2008

By The Sun, Yuma, Ariz.

Jul. 7–Mementos, a Yuma scrapbooking and card-making store, recently donated more than $1,400 worth of scrapbooking supplies to Arizona Western College’s Upward Bound Summer Program.

Area students involved in the Upward Bound program will design their own yearbooks as one of the numerous projects in the program, which helps the students make the transition to college, AWC officials said.

“Mementos is very excited to have the opportunity to partner with AWC and the Upward Bound students this year. We hope the supplies that we are donating to the program will open their eyes to the creativity within,” said Lisa Nickle, owner of Mementos.

“The students have the talent. These supplies will allow them to make it a reality.”

Upward Bound is a federal grant awarded to colleges and universities to work with high school students who come from low-income families or who are the first in their families to seek a four-year college degree, college officials said.

AWC serves 70 Upward Bound students at Yuma, Kofa, Cibola, San Luis and Parker High schools who are planning on going to college for a four-year degree. The program provides fundamental support to the participants in their preparation for college entrance.

Students normally are recruited in the ninth grade and continue through high school graduation.

Participants in Upward Bound attend weekly meetings at their school during the school year to help them become more successful in their academic career.

Students then attend a six-week residential camp held at AWC each summer. The camp includes academic classes and skill-building seminars.

Students also have opportunities to take part in work-study positions and job shadowing with local businesses in the community.

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