Patchwork Central’s after school Arts & Smarts program kicked off on Tuesday, and we’re anticipating a great year. Already students in grades K-5 have gotten started in tutoring, working one-on-one with adult and high school tutors to keep caught up in school this year. The tutors do not only help the students with homework, they build relationships and increase each child’s network of adults who are encouraging that child to do their best in school and in life.
Meanwhile, the older Arts & Smarts participants have begun their Leadership Training. Leadership Training lasts for two weeks and teaches kids in grades 6-8 how to be good role models for the younger participants. They also get to do some special projects designed just for them. Even after only a week of Leadership Training, a wonderful new cohort of young leaders is forming that will lead us to many successes in the upcoming year.
All additional activities for participants in grades 2-5 will begin on Wednesday, September 18.
Of course, none of this can happen without our fantastic staff, interns, and volunteers. We’re excited to have two new Arts & Smarts Program Assistants with us this school year: Rita and Leslie. While they’re our newest employees, they are familiar faces around Patchwork. Both have been involved in our children’s programming since they interned with us last fall.
What I am most looking forward to this year is seeing the bond between the children. I got to see it begin this summer as a volunteer and already have seen it some this year with the Junior Leaders. They are such a welcoming and happy group, and I can’t wait to see them continue to grow as individuals and as a group. –Leslie Blackwell
I am excited for the new school year, mainly because we already are expecting newcomers for the program. I also am looking forward to the new art projects we have in store for the students, as well as incorporating more musical activities into the curriculum. Since we’re also planning on learning more “sparks” as the year goes on, I am eager to see the guests that come in and share some of their talents and interests with the kids, in addition to the sparks that hopefully the kids will share with us, too. I feel like we have a lot of new and exciting things in store for everyone, and I can’t wait to get started! –-Rita Horne