Our school serves children ages 3-12 years, in mixed-aged classrooms, with 10 children per class. This allows us the ability to meet in-person this school year. We are seeking to add learning support to children unable to attend their public school, and unable to receive support otherwise.
Our school provides 21st-century learning. The future is in the hands of the creative community builders, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. The skills to identify an opportunity, organize a team, plan the work, execute to fulfillment, and build your reputation from these successes come from our self-directed approach to learning.
Children need a setting to develop their fluency in digital media, their social, cultural and emotional intelligence, motivation, self-knowledge, and their sense of purpose. They need facilitation sharing their learning and the inspiration of a collaborative community. We seek to provide this setting to an academically, economically, and racially diverse group of children.
School closures are disproportionately affecting children of color and low-income households. While upper-income families are able to form ‘learning pods’, children from low-income households are falling behind academically, socially, and emotionally. Many children thrive in alternative school settings. Traditional school models use oppressive practices requiring children to sit still and be obedient. Our school fits the needs of the child vs. requiring the child to fit the needs of the school.
What I Will Do With $5,000
The grant will allow us to expand capacity in order to serve children and families struggling to find child care and virtual learning support while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide drop-in care and a teacher to support the learning of children between the ages of 5-12 years old living on the west side of Grand Rapids. Our program will assist families with learning needs and ensure a smooth transition back into their public school.