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Northshore September 2015

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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celebrate the moment cakes for all occasions & fresh cupcakes daily 978.465.6057 6 Inn Street, Newburyport B O N S B E S T 2013 n o r t h s h o r e of Peter Kaskons 186 in-depth PLACES Academy. Beth Denish was afraid her son, Dylan, was going to end up dropping out before he found PLA. The personal attention Bedard and the Academy teachers provide, however, turned him around, she said, as she waited to watch him graduate. "At the high school, he just got lost. At this school, it's like, 'We're going to treat you like an adult, so act like it.'" In keeping with the PLA's emphasis on the individual, each student is invited to the microphone at graduation to say a few words about their journey or their future plans. Almost unfailingly, they thank the PLA staff. "I Classes take place in an atypical setting that makes sense for at-risk youth. Photograph courtesy of Peabody Learning Academy (top), by Joe Ferraro (bottom)

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