Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Make A Difference!

Dear Bridges,

It was great to see everyone at the Reunion on Saturday! We really missed those of you who could not attend. As we part from each other for a few months, please do not forget that you can make a difference every day by doing the little things. In addition, do not think about the reasons why things are not possible. Think of the ONE reason that it is! And finally, surround yourself with people who challenge you to be a better person.

I miss you already! Go forth and do good things.

Mrs. Swartz

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Dear Bridges Family,

Welcome to the Bridges to a Brighter Future information connector. Many thanks to Kevin Frazier who set this up for us. I hope that you will visit this site frequently to recieve important information and tools to help you in your future. In addition, my intent is that this be a way for us all to stay connected to each other.

Sincerely, Mrs. Swartz

Something new!

You may notice the new link on the sidebar to a message board-we're trying this out to see if you guys want an easy way to talk to each other during the school year. Click on the "Browse Archives" link to sign up, and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Reunion schedule!

The fall reunion for Bridges to a Brighter Future is this Saturday, October 22nd! Here's the schedule:

Make a Difference Day!

9:30 a.m. Welcome
10:00 a.m. “Keeping it Real” Workshops with parents, students
11:00 a.m. Group Speak-Outs
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
2:00 p.m. Furman Homecoming Football Game (tickets provided)

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

A picture!

Here's a picture from the Bridges 2005 dance! Posted by Picasa

So How does Bridges work?

Bridges students start with a four-week residential experience on the Furman campus the summer before entering tenth grade. They continue to participate in the program through their high school graduation. During each summer session, Bridges students are taught core and elective classes in a non-traditional method by certified teachers. Core classes include English, math, and social studies. Electives cover enrichment subjects such as art, college preparation, wellness and leadership. Evening workshops on personal success; diversity and conflict resolution are offered. Rounds on the Furman ropes course, swimming, hiking, volleyball, weightlifting, basketball and many other physical activities as well as visits to colleges round out the program. During the school year, Bridges staff members visit students at their schools and the students return to campus once a month for the new Saturday College program. Saturday gives the students an opportunity for extra help and instruction, as well as time to bond with their Bridges classmates. Right now Bridges is getting ready for the first Saturday College, on September 23.

The impact of Bridges on its students

It is difficult to communicate the profound impact this program has on these students. Bridges to a Brighter Future is entering its eighth year of operation. Here are some indicators of our success:
*The first class of Bridges students, the "Alpha" class, graduated from college in Spring 2004.
*115 students have graduated from the Bridges program since July 2000.
*100% of Bridges graduates have graduated from high school or earned diploma equivalency.
*95% of Bridges graduates enroll in college.
*Bridges students have enrolled in the following colleges: Furman University, Duke University, college of Charleston, Clemson University, Anderson College, Newberry College, University of South Carolina, Greenville Technical College, Clark Atlanta University, Claflin College, University of South Carolina Spartanburg, Winthrop University, and Francis Marion University, Clemson, College of Charleston, Anderson College, Newberry College and the University of South Carolina, among others.

Friday, October 07, 2005

What's this blog about?

Welcome! This blog will serve as a source of information for students, parents, and those interested in the Bridges to a Brighter Future program. In addition to information about the program, this blog contains words from Mrs. Swartz, the director of the program, to the students, as well as links to important information for the students.