Climbing Further

Jacob’s Ladder is not just about a Summer Enrichment Program, nor about Climber Retreats and outings during the year – it is also about the whole education and growth of a Jacob’s Ladder climber from 4th grade, to 8th grade, to High School, and beyond.

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An Origami Moment

Megan Hicks teaching origami class

Megan Hicks, a longtime instructor for Jacob’s Ladder, shares a moment from summer camp 2018: The Climbers in my afternoon elective origami class had ideas of their own about what kind of origami they wanted to do today. I’m open for suggestions. A couple of kids wanted to make a…

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What the Summer Program is …

Jacob’s Ladder has been growing and changing since it was begun in 1991. Over the years, the accumulated knowledge and experience of the RAs (“Responsible Adults”), Teachers and Staff have influenced hundreds of students. So after 27 years of enrichment, 27 years of watching Climbers grow and gain confidence in…

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Praise from Teachers

After working at the program this past summer, I cannot speak highly enough about Jacob’s Ladder and the positive impact the program is making on students. Dayna Walger Gifted Resource Teacher Colonial Heights Public Schools

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Philanthropic partnerships are changing young lives

River Counties Community Foundation recently awarded more than $550,000 in competitive grants to 47 Northumberland, Lancaster and Middlesex non-profit organizations. These grants were awarded within the foundation’s four focus areas; Cultural Vibrancy, Health and Wellness, Economic Prosperity and Educational Success. Jacob’s Ladder, a free program for intellectually gifted, at-risk children…

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Why Climbers Come Back to JL

Climbers writing

Brightness floods the Jacob’s Ladder office during this wintry time of year with letters from Climbers.  Each Climber is required to write a letter to the Board of Directors explaining the reason why they would like to return and what the program has meant to them. The Climbers are also…

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