What is Adopt-a-School?
One of the easiest ways to change a community is to empower its future leaders – our children.
The goal of our Adopt-a-School program is to help Yakima County students flourish in grades K-12 and successfully graduate high school, thus increasing their access to post-secondary education and improving their future. We want to break cycles of inter-generational poverty, prevent gang recruitment, and help children thrive in our Yakima Valley.
Adopt-a-School volunteers do things like:
- read to 1st-3rd graders to improve literacy
- tutor elementary students during & 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, the Adopt-a-School program has helped 26 (out of 298) Yakima County churches adopt 18 (out of 22) schools in the Yakima School District. Our goal is to ultimately serve all 15 Yakima County school districts, reaching potentially 52,441 students.
Our Program Coordinator, Jason Haughin, helps connect churches with schools and provides guidance in the process. Our Adopt-a-School Handbook, created in collaboration with Yakima School District administration, provides the framework for this relationship, volunteer guidelines, and best practices.
To learn more about our Adopt-a-School program, contact Jason Haughin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a Wrap!
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 food, music, and architecture through STEAM-based activities and crafts. (STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
WHEN: Monday-Friday, 2-5pm
Week 1 – Music (Mon, 7/16 – Fri, 7/20)
Week 2 – Food (Mon, 7/23 – Fri, 7/27)
Week 3 – Architecture (Mon, 7/30 – Fri, 8/3)
WHERE: First Baptist Comunidad Cristiana Church of Yakima (112 N. Pierce Avenue, Yakima, 98902)
WHY: We want to impact local children. The purpose of our summer STEAM day-camp was:
- 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 during the summe
- To spark interest in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)