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March 17, 2009

New strides for Scuba Jack

Local pre-school operator extends reach of education project

A local pre-school teacher from Gloucester who's developed a product line aimed at educating young children at home has taken new strides, with her star character in tow.

Beth Costanzo, owner of Majestic Harbor Community School, provides children with the opportunity to learn pre-school concepts through "The Adventures of Scuba Jack," a compilation of short films, and a state-of-the-art Web site. Although originally conceived as an educational alternative for home-schooled children, Costanzo said she became aware her product reach extends beyond that.

"Because of the hardships that so many families are experiencing in today's world," Costanzo said, "many are tuning to our products as alternatives to expensive day-care programs and pre-schools. Some families are even using 'The Adventures of Scuba Jack' as a supplement to their children's educational experiences, further honing both their thought processes and ability to interact with other children in a positive way."

When asked about her pre-school program, Costanzo recalled the local teachers who have told her how Majestic Harbor students are "quickly and easily recognized in kindergarten classrooms because they are so advanced academically."

Costanzo began to realize that her strategy toward early education would greatly benefit children beyond her local reach as well. This led to the creation of www.scubajack.tv.

The "Adventures of Scuba Jack" site offers helpful articles for parents, seminars for teachers, and assessment tools for both teachers and parents for monitoring the skill level of their children. Other activities, such as games and crafts, can be found on its ever changing site.

Costanzo noted that scubajack.tv offers videos of actual classroom lessons enforcing all of the concepts a child would learn in preschool.

"I noticed a shortage in quality pre-school education and curriculum," she said, "so I decided to do something about it." She hopes her concept will one day help to reform the pre-school educational system as we know it.

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