Weekly Update with Mark – Gearing up for the New School Year

Summer Success has wrapped up and we’re still a few days away from the start of the school year, but that doesn’t mean our Site Directors are on vacation. In fact, they are busier than ever getting ready for the new school year.

So what does it take to prep for the start of school at a Leaven center?

Photo by Darin Reyes

Photo by Darin Reyes

It starts with the basics. Between Summer Success and the start of the school year, every center has a thorough cleaning and safety check, making sure the center is in tiptop shape for the students. With generous donations from the community and Travis Air Force Base, we resupply our shelves full of paper, pens, pencils and other school supplies we’ll need for the new school year.

We work with neighbors to get lots of new books for our libraries so that students are excited to read all of the great stories we have for them. We know the more students want to read on their own, at home, and in their spare time, the better their skills will get.

We’re also working on improving the ways we teach, getting new workbooks and exercises, training ourselves in the best methods for helping our students learn, and meeting with local schools and teachers to make sure we are helping their students achieve the same goals in the new school year. We see ourselves as a partner to the schools, so we want to ensure we are in the best position to support them all year long.

We are also getting our volunteers ready for the new school year, and recruiting some new friends to help at each of our centers. Our volunteers help us get the center ready for the incoming students, and join with our Site Directors in learning ways they can best help our students learn.

And as part of our commitment to helping students succeed in school, we make sure every student receives a backpack full of school supplies before school begins. Many students cannot afford a new backpack, or even the most basic supplies, so we work with partners and neighbors to provide for all of their learning needs throughout the year.

It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s all worth it when we welcome our students back when the new school year begins. There will be lots of returning faces and some new ones too, and we can’t wait to get this new year of learning started— because together we are helping kids and communities rise.

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