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Over 100 Delta State University and Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce volunteers welcomed Teach For America corps members as they arrived on the Delta State campus Sunday, June 10, for the 2012 Teach For America Delta Institute. Members of Cleveland Boy Scout Troops 2, 23, and 4442 were on hand to assist with luggage as participants moved into university residence halls.
Check-in and registration tables were set up inside Wyatt Gym, while the Welcome Wagon located outside the gym was filled with refreshments and bottled water for the new arrivals. Registration concluded with an evening cookout on the Delta State Quadrangle.
About 550 new corps members arrived Sunday, bringing the total of Teach For America students and staff at Delta State to approximately 1,100. The Teach For America corps members and staff will be at Delta State and the Delta until mid-July.
Around 325 Teach For America students will remain in the Delta region for the next two years to teach in public schools.
The 2012 Teach For America Delta Institute is the third summer institute hosted by Delta State since it was chosen in 2009 as the eighth Teach for America training location and the first in a rural setting, joining Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.