2017-01-22 / Insight

Quest students contribute to North Branch community

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
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NORTH BRANCH — Alternative education programs often find themselves in a constant battle with perception, but Quest High School, an alternative education facility in the North Branch Area Schools district, has chosen to correct that perception with a focus on community activism and involvement.

The school actively encourages its students to get involved in the community in positive ways, and attempts to show both the students themselves and the community in which they live that though these students are on a different path than those in traditional school settings, that path is not one without value.

Cory Rosser, director of Quest High School, works tirelessly to ensure his students have ample opportunity to become involved in the community in positive, perception-altering ways. “The more you connect with a community, the more you take ownership,” Rosser said. “We try to create a positive buzz in the community.”

Quest High School students are involved in several annual activities designed to both assist their community and build goodwill. “In the fall, we do yard cleanups for seniors, leaf raking, and we volunteer with the Parent Teacher Club to do the Family Fun Fair and Olympic Nights,” Rosser said. “Also, we read Christmas stories to kindergarten kids during the holidays, and for March Is Reading Month we read stories to students in preschool.”

The school, under Rosser’s guidance, is always searching for ways for its students to get more involved in the community, and as a relatively young program, Quest is beginning to become known for its community activism. “Being a fairly new school, founded in 2004, we’re always creating a new legacy and history,” Rosser said. In its current location at the administrative building in North Branch since 2009, Quest students are always aware that their actions reflect not only on themselves, but on the school as well, and this awareness has

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