From teacher grants to tutors to Enrichment Clubs, the support provided by Cotswold’s Community Partners, in cooperation with Cotswold families and friends, helped launch a lot of new enrichment activities in September and October.
Thank you for your commitment to enrichment activities at Cotswold!
Here’s an update on what’s new:
Teacher grant: All kindergarten classes will attend the play “The Velveteen Rabbit” in December at Children’s Theatre. Community Partner Mountain Khakis will pay half of the ticket price for half the ticket price.
Teacher grant: Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders (337 students) attended the “Phantom of the Organ” performance on Wednesday, and Community Partner Colwick Cleaners covered the transportation expenses.
Teacher grant: Ms. Brexler, Ms. Pittman and Ms. Menzo received a grant to purchase Learning Upgrade, an online, interactive program that guides students through difficult concepts in reading and math. The program can be used as a whole-group introduction to a concept, and then allows for small-group focus. It also will increase the amount of time that students are engaged with technology. Community Partner David Willingham paid for this worthwhile software.
Augustine Tutors: Community Partner Walker’s Drug Store and PTA enrichment funds paid for two Cotswold parents to complete the Augustine Tutor training. The Augustine Project trains tutors in a multisensory approach to teaching kids who are struggling to read. This program requires a two-week training/practicum before matching a tutor with a student. After taking the training, the tutor signs a contract that they will give at least 60 hours of tutoring to a high-poverty child. In our experience, the tutor continues tutoring beyond those 60 hours, so the initial investment keeps on paying off for many years.
Teacher grant: Ms. Hair’s and Ms. Morrison’s K/1 classes will take a trip to Children’s Theatre in January to see the play “The Emperor’s New Clothes. “ Community Partner Acosta Heating & Air will pay for half the cost of the ticket.
Enrichment Clubs: Community Partners donations are providing supplies and/or volunteers that our Cotswold families can’t provide to get our 37 Enrichment Clubs up and running. Donations still are needed. Go to VolunteerSpot – http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/9223456349303040117 – to see how you can help!