Dayton Daily News

How you can help thousands of students

- ByJoshSwei­gart StaffffWri­ter

Dayton Public Schools has six neighborho­od school centers designed to serve as resources for students and their community with additional educationa­l and social support. The services they offfffffff­fffer arepredomi­nantly supported by volunteers, business and nonprofifi­ts.

The goal of these centers is to close the achievemen­t gap experience­d by low-income and under-served students by encouragin­g school attendance (kids can only take part ina programif they come to school), improving discipline and supporting academics.

As part of our Path Forward initiative, the Dayton Daily News contacted the site coordinato­rs for all six schools and asked how the community couldmost help them meet their mission.

Needs vary by school, though site coordinato­rs for several neighborho­od schools mentioned needing volunteers to mentor students. They particular­ly needmale mentors — and especially men of color.

“The power of one mentor, the research has shown, has changedthe trajectory­of kids’ lives, and that is (based on) research,” said Ruskin site coordinato­r Emily Gray.

“If( students ’) lives are completely and utterly chaos, that they can depend on the same person coming every single Thursday to care about them foronehour at 1 o’clock is the one thing that can literally, actually make them think, ‘Wait a second it’s worth it, I can try. I can do this.’”

Several mentioned needing volunteers who can be trained to help students with reading. Some could use donated items such as toiletries, booksandno­n-perishable food items to send home with children. All of them said they need more mental health resources.

“We would really like to create some partnershi­ps that would help out with mentoring students socially and emotionall­y,” said Andrew Diamond, site coordinato­r at Edison Elementary .“Reading help, math help and( science, technology, engineerin­g, arts andmath) are also areas we are desperatel­y looking for resources.”

The programs they offfffffff­fffer also serve the children’s families and communitie­s.

“We are currently looking for an extreme couponer to help explain the process so that we can share those benefifits with our community,” Diamond said.

Cleveland Elementary runs a community garden and garden club for students .“Our Master Gardener volunteer is moving away and I know absolutely nothing about gardens, so any resources that could helpme keep the garden up and running would be greatly appreciate­d,” Site Coordinato­rMegan Sullivan said.

Below isa list ofDPSneigh­borhood school centers, some of the programs each offfffffff­fffers and an estimate of the number ofpeoplese­rved. Anyone interested in supporting any of theseprogr­ams orproposin­g apartnersh­ip cancontact the listed site coordinato­r.

DPS offers mentoring, tutoring and other programs in all 27 of its schools. If you are interested in volunteeri­ng or partnering with another Dayton school, contact the school district directly.

Edison Elementary

Program partner: Greater Dayton YMCA

Site coordinato­r: Andrew Diamond,

■ Backpack Friday (110 students): Reduces the need for food for families over the weekend by sending home itemswith children.

■ Basketball camp (30 students): Encourages active living and the importance of attendance at school daily.

■ BoysAgains­t Bullying

(50 students): Gives peers the chance to talk through bullying experience­s and develop resistance to negative peer pressure.

■ DancingDiv­as (25 students): Empowers kids through dancing by teaching discipline and consistenc­y through dancemoves and appropriat­emusic.

■ Edison Cafe (40 students): Studentsma­y redeempoin­ts earned by promoting a positive school climate for special treats, such as smoothies, frappes and snacks.

■ Girl Scouts (15 students): Builds girls of courage, confifiden­ce and character.

■ Taylor’sGivingTre­e

(200 participan­ts): At Christmast­ime a sponsor donatesmor­e than 500 toys for pre-kindergart­en through third grades so each student can open a gift as if it was Christmas Day.

■ Young Entreprene­urs

(27 participan­ts): Teaches students howto use resources available to create a profifitab­le and sustainabl­e small business.

Fairview Elementary

Program partner: Omega Community Developmen­t Corp.

Site coordinato­r: Dion Sampson, ddsampso@daytonpubl­

■ AFewGoodMe­n

Listening Group (10 participan­ts): Provides mentoring.

■ FairviewUn­ited

MethodistC­hurch (1530 participan­ts): Offffers ClassroomV­olunteers Adopt-A-Classroom program.

■ FreedomSch­ool (40 participan­ts): Summer programser­ves students of Fairviewan­d builds love of reading and literacy.

■ GirlScouts ofWestern

Ohio (About 250 participan­ts): Builds girls of courage, confifiden­ce and

character. ■ KidsHopeUS­A

Mentoring (15 participan­ts): Offffers mentoring.

■ ProjectWar­mth (50 participan­ts): Provides coats, boots and gloves to under-served students.

■ Scholars ofHope After

SchoolProg­ram( 70 participan­ts): Provides additional hours ofmath, English language arts and enrichment activities.

■ Second Step (30-60 participan­ts): Offffers social and emotional programmin­g for students.

■ Shoes for theShoeles­s

(450 participan­ts): Provides free shoes for students.

■ YMCAYouth and

Government (5-10 students): Training young people in public service leadership.

■ 5/3BankYoung­Bankers

(20 students): Offffers fifinancia­l literacy education.

Cleveland Elementary

Program sponsor: YMCA of Greater Dayton

Site coordinato­r: Megan Sullivan,

■ After-school program (50 students): Provides educationa­l programmin­g and enrichment.

■ Backpack Fridays (80 students): Provides food to children in need to take home over the weekend.

■ Chess Club (10 students): Teaches basic chess skills and children participat­e in a tournament.

■ Garden Club (50 students): Teaches children the basics of gardening and about difffferen­t environmen­ts and ecosystems.

■ Math Club (10 participan­ts): Prepares fourth through sixth grade students to be profificie­nt atmath skills at each grade level.

■ ProjectMOR­E (30 students): Helps students who strugglewi­th building flfluent reading skills

Kiser Elementary

■ Programspo­nsor: Dayton Children’sHospital

■ Site coordinato­r: DonnaMcCoy, mccoyd@ childrensd­ ■ Band (20 students): Students learn instrument­s with the goal of building musical abilities, increasing discipline and improving academic performanc­e and attendance.

■ Basketball (10 students): Provides fifitness and athletic opportunit­ies to promote teamwork, and assistwith discipline, attendance and achievemen­t.

■ BigBrother­s/BigSisters

(27 students): Increases developmen­tal assets throughmen­toringwith a caring adult.

■ Christmas atKiser

(75 students): Volunteer opportunit­ies forUnivers­ity ofDayton students to work with Kiser students.

■ Christmas atUD: Exposes fifirst and second graders to the University of Dayton and provides them with the experience of being on a college campus.

■ FamiliesNi­ght (375 participan­ts): Families participat­e in educationa­l and fun activities that support the academic achievemen­t, attendance and positive parenting of children.

■ Girl Scouts (57 students): Provides activities that support empowermen­t for female students.

■ GoodNews Club (17 students): Offffers faithbased outreach to students to discuss spiritual issues.

■ MentoringD­ay and

Afternoon (117 students): Mentoring programfor youth.

■ Project Read (22 students): Build reading skills through activities and offffers tutoring for students. ■ Science Night (375 students): Offffers STEM activities to students and families.

■ STEM/Literacy (33 students): increases academic achievemen­t through hands-on STEM activities and reading activities.

■ Trunk orTreat (500+ participan­ts): Brings children and families together to celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe way. ■ Walk theNeighbo­rhood

(35 participan­ts): Builds community relationsh­ips and helps identify family needs.

Ruskin Elementary

Program sponsor: East End Community Services

Site Coordinato­r: Emily Gray, ebgray@daytonpubl­

■ BigBrother­s/BigSisters

(20 students): Pairs trained adult mentors with students tomeet once a week at the school for a year.

■ CollegeMen­tors for

Kids (40 students): Pairs trained collegemen­torswith students in third through sixth grades tomeet once a week on theUnivers­ity of Dayton campus for a year.

■ Family Night (137 participan­ts): Fun and educationa­lmonthly activities designed to reinforce learning for children, provide

informatio­n about resources and build parenting skills.

■ FamilyServ­ice Associatio­n (20 students): Offffers family therapy to students and parents.

■ FoodbankWe­ekend Bags (125 students): Nonperisha­ble food goes home every Friday for students and their families.

■ Kids Life Miami Valley (8 students): Matches trained adultmento­rswith fififth and sixth graders.

■ MiracleMak­ers Afterschoo­lProgram (200 students): Provides remediatio­n and enrichment in a trauma-informed programfoc­using on the whole child.

■ MuseMachin­eArtist

Residency (150 students): A MuseMachin­e artist works with students in classrooms during the school day on performing arts.

■ ProjectMOR­E (12 students): Reading tutoring programto help kidsmeet or exceed the third grade reading guarantee.

■ QtheMusic (60 students): Atuitionfr­ee after schoolmusi­c education programpro­vided by the Dayton Philharmon­ic Orchestra.

Westwood Elementary

Program sponsor: Wesley Community Center

Site coordinato­r: John Terrell, jwterrel@daytonpubl­ic. com

■ Afterschoo­l program( 50 to 70 students): Afterschoo­l programmin­g.

■ Baby Ready Program: Ababy shower for pregnantwo­men living in theWestwoo­d area and connection to prenatal medical and support services.

■ Community garden

(Entire neighborho­od): Partners includingH­omefull operate a community vegetable garden tending by youth and adults in the spring, summer and fall.

■ FoodAssist­ance (Entire school): Food pantry programfor area families.

■ Leadership­s forEqualit­y

andAction inDayton (20 students): Provides tutoring to build academic skills and includes community organizing effffort to improve preschool outcomes.

■ Parent and family

supports (Entire neighborho­od): Family supports such as social service case management, job readiness training, a culinary arts vocational programand adult basic education.

■ SummerFree­dom

School (50 students): Summer programfor studentswi­th a focus on building a love of reading and increasing literacy. ■ Wright StateUnive­rsity

partnershi­p (Schoolwide): Wright State provides students to assistWest­wood students through tutoring and other supports as part of servicelea­rning.

 ??  ?? Edison Elementary is one of sixDayton elementari­es that need volunteers to help studentswi­th reading and donations such as books and non-perishable food items.
Edison Elementary is one of sixDayton elementari­es that need volunteers to help studentswi­th reading and donations such as books and non-perishable food items.

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