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Oregon Connections Academy Students Heads to National Dance Competition

-- Liam Moore’s Family Says Virtual Schooling Helps Him Succeed --

SCIO, OR (June 15, 2012) – Six years ago, Liam Moore from Hermiston couldn’t walk after undergoing a liver transplant. Today he is planning to attend a national dance contest at the end of the month in Las Vegas Nevada. His family gives Oregon Connections Academy much of the credit for Liam’s success in dance and school.

Liam is a 4th grader at Oregon Connections Academy, the state’s largest tuition-free virtual public charter school with more than 3,000 students enrolled in grades K–12. His younger brother Sean is in 1st grade at Oregon Connections Academy and he is also taking dance classes.

When he was just 4 years old, Liam’s liver failed and he lost all his basic motor skills. After the transplant and six months of rehabilitation Liam started to walk again and began to take dance classes. Now at age 10 he participates in tap, ballet and hip hop dance competitions for three different organizations. He qualified at the regional level to compete at the Spotlight National Dance Cup Finals in Las Vegas June 28th to July 3rd. His team helped raise funds to cover expenses for the trip.

“Both of my boys love going to school at home. They love it when they finish early and they have the ability to do something different in the day,” explained Nydene Moore, mother and Learning Coach for Liam and Sean. “We first found out about Oregon Connections Academy when we were trying to find something to allow Liam to be at home because he is immune compromised, but not sacrifice the curriculum.”

She especially likes the mobility and flexibility with Oregon Connections Academy. “It allows us as a family to have the ability to travel to doctors’ appointments for Liam, and dance competitions. The curriculum allows us to have extra help and one on one attention for Liam when he struggles in school work due to his health. However, it also gives Sean the ability to succeed and move forward in the subjects he excels at like math. The teachers understand and are always there to help whether it’s giving you more outlets for a student who struggles or support for a child who excels. We really enjoy Oregon Connections Academy as a whole; great curriculum, teachers, field trips, and extra courses.”

There will be two additional students joining Oregon Connections Academy in a few years. “We added twin baby girls to our family this year. We plan to have both girls attend Oregon Connections Academy when they are old enough,” said Moore. “We are going into our third year with Oregon Connections Academy and look towards the future with our whole family attending. After the near loss of our son Liam in 2005 we always try to offer our kids the best things, and Oregon Connections Academy is right there as one of the best things we can offer them for their education.”

In addition to the Spotlight Dance Cup program, Liam has also won many awards through his involvement with the Move Tour and the Oregon Junior State Division for Dance run by the Oregon State Activities Association. Liam’s favorite subject in school is science and he likes to make up his own experiments. When he gets older he would like to volunteer for community groups that help animals.

Oregon Connections Academy started in 2005 under a charter with the Scio School District. It combines state certified teachers, a standards-aligned curriculum, unique technology tools, an extensive selection of electives and clubs, to create an individualized alternative to the bricks-and-mortar classroom.

Information sessions are currently underway across the state for families interested in enrolling their students in Oregon Connections Academy for the 2012–13 school year. At the sessions, parents can learn about the Oregon Connections Academy curriculum, and thoroughly explore the program. They can also interact with Oregon Connections Academy representatives and parents.

A complete schedule with dates and locations is available at  or by calling (800) 382–6010. For those unable to attend an in-person information session, real-time online sessions with a school representative are available.

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Connections Academy is a leading, fully accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2011–12 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 21 states via 22 virtual public schools. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO)