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Connecticut Talent Assistance Cooperative
35 Pleasant St, Meriden, CT 06450
CONNTAC offers free help to Connecticut residents seeking to attend college. Services include financial andMore academic counseling, college referral, tutoring and career counseling. College application fee waivers are available for those who meet income qualifications. CONNTAC can also provide assistance dealing with defaulted student loans. In addition to the central office in Meriden, the organization has 10 satellite offices throughout the state.
Lincoln Middle School
164 Centennial Ave, Meriden, CT 06451
Lincoln is Meriden's HOT school, according to the Connecticut Commision on Culture and Tourism. State-designated HOT --More or Higher Order of Thinking -- schools have strong arts programs and integrate the arts in core subjects throughout the curriculum. In additon to a staff that travels from all over the state to teach at Lincoln, the school has visiting artists come and teach classes. According to Principal Leo Lavallee, another successful tenet of the HOT philosphy is democratic governance by way of sponsoring leadership activities and service clubs. "I believe that's really helped us academically," says Lavallee. Lavallee's blog is available here.