What is Adopt-a-School?
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What do volunteers do?
Volunteers do whatever the school needs most:
- read to 1st-3rd graders to improve literacy
- tutor elementary students during and after-school
- mentor middle & high school students
- provide school supplies to teachers
- hold “Back to School” backpack giveaways
- host teacher appreciation events
- provide classes to parents (i.e. English Language Learning, citizenship, parenting)
- host after-school programs & summer camps
- support PTA events & fundraisers
- chaperone field trips
- supply weekend backpack food programs
Since its inception in 2015, our Adopt-a-School program has helped 26 (out of 298) Yakima County churches “adopt” 18 (out of 22) schools in the Yakima School District, with churches sending volunteers to work in those schools. Our goal is to ultimately serve all 15 Yakima County school districts, reaching potentially 52,441 students.
Our Program Coordinator Jason Haughin helps to connect churches with schools, provides resources and training to churches, and serves as a liaison with school staff and administration. Our Adopt-a-School Handbook, created in collaboration with the Yakima School District provides the framework for this relationship, volunteer guidelines, and best practices.
Want to learn more? Contact Jason Haughin at email@example.com or call the Transform Yakima Together office at 509-426-2929.
It’s a Wrap!
In August 2018, we completed our pilot 3-week summer STEAM camp, funded in part by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation.
WHO: 24 students, ages 5-12, mostly from the Yakima School District
WHAT: The 3-week summer camp was totally free for parents and students explored weekly themes of music, food, and architecture through STEAM-based activities and crafts. (STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
WHEN: Monday-Friday, 2-5pm, from July 16 – August 3, 2018
WHERE: First Baptist Comunidad Cristiana Church of Yakima (112 N. Pierce Avenue, Yakima, 98902)
WHY: The purpose of our summer STEAM day-camp is to impact local children:
- To provide healthy snacks during the summer months when school cafeterias are closed
- To provide a safe place for students to have fun during the summer
- To prevent academic “summer slide” and keep children safe during the summer
- To spark interest in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)
Want to help with future summer camps?
Email Jason Haughin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the Transform Yakima Together office at 509-426-2929 for more info.