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While students in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) enjoyed a day off Oct. 7, their teachers were learning how to use Cornell resources to enhance their teaching.

About 25 outreach programs from Cornell and more than 45 Cornell staff and students hosted informational booths on topics ranging from bioengineering to public service and on such university resources as Cornell Library and the Cornell Plantations. They demonstrated the interactive activities they can bring to a classroom and talked with the some 600 teachers attending the Resource and Networking Fair at the Ithaca High School cafeteria -- the first time the event was held downtown.

"The fair creates opportunities to connect Cornell outreach staff with the district teachers, letting them communicate their needs and interests to us and allowing us to collaborate with them in our fields of expertise," said Cal Walker, Cornell's outreach liaison to the ICSD.