Six Mile Elementary School
So far this academic year, Springs CRO invested in the Six Mile Elementary School library to add hundreds of new titles that kids want to read. The addition of new books is the school’s highest priority for use of CRO funds. This multiyear initiative has boosted SME’s formal library rating from a substandard level to “At Risk”. CRO’s goal is to help the library achieve “Basic” status by the end of 2021. Springs CRO also has contributed to the purchase of educational software that enhances children’s basic reading, writing and math skills and helps them to learn remotely. In addition, Springs CRO donated money to supplement teacher supplies and fund special projects.
A new CRO project this year has been underwriting a portion of the costs of attending KinderCare for the school’s most academically and socially needy children, to help them catch up with peers. Additionally, Springs CRO funded a program at Southern Wesleyan University to enhance teacher writing skills, assisting students to become better writers.
R. C. Edwards Middle School
Collaborating with the school librarian, Springs CRO has continued to augment R C Edwards’ book collection with the purchase of titles most requested by students.
Given the challenges of this pandemic year, the school requested and received funds from Springs CRO to help students work effectively both remotely and at school. This included the purchase of charging stations for electronic devices and a variety of software licenses to expand and enrich the student learning experience. To boost student morale and recognize individual achievement, Springs CRO funded the purchase of “RCE Rock Star” lawn signs that are being displayed front of students’ homes, as selected by their teachers.
D.W. Daniel High School
At the high school, Springs CRO has focused on supporting students with opportunities and tools to help them achieve during this unusual pandemic year. This school year, CRO has made special purchases that included: outdoor tents and folding chairs to provide socially-distanced meeting and study space; e-books, software and licenses for the media center; plexi-glass dividers for lab spaces; wireless hardware for classrooms and supplies for both Theater and Family & Consumer Sciences classes.
Springs CRO has continued to fund AP Capstone teacher supplements that enabled 25 students to receive otherwise unavailable AP course credit. It has also funded a Summer Academy to help a significant number of lagging students to earn course credit in various math and English courses.
For the first time, Springs CRO provided financial support to replace funding lost due to the pandemic for a variety of extra-curricular activities. And new this year, Springs CRO has provided a scholarship fund administered by DWD administrators, which awards financially burdened high school students stipends toward college, vocational training or tech studies. This funding has made the difference for these students who otherwise would not be able to further their educations and prepare for future careers.
Mentoring and Tutoring
Although Springs volunteers could not tutor students this year in reading and math due to the pandemic, our 15 volunteer mentors have continued to meet weekly with students, both virtually and in person, to help them stay motivated and supported in a challenging year.