Last Thursday, students from the summer program at Riverview Middle School in Bay Point celebrated Summer Learning Day with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at a rally marking the day on the steps of the capitol. The students, “many from disadvantaged communities, advocated for more funding and community partnerships to support summer learning programs that could benefit all children in the state,” the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Players from the Professional Football League’s Richmond Raiders are making a difference on and off the field. A couple times a month, players visit area afterschool programs and talk to middle school students about developing character instead of becoming characters. “The boys saw the players could relate to their current struggles, and it made it easier for the players to emphasize hard work, dedication and excelling in school,” school coordinator Tameka DePriest told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The VIET Summer Adventure Program, a low-cost day camp catering primarily to children in eastern New Orleans, is teaching campers practical life skills this summer. The 350 students at the summer program are learning how to prepare no-cook food, like a fruit dip made from yogurt, brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
Fifty volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance spent last Thursday and Friday making over the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area. “Kim Larsen, development coordinator at the club, said the updates to the building – even as simple as paint – will help the children respond better to the club’s overall goal of helping kids succeed in the community,” the Wausau Daily Herald reports. Liberty Mutual also paid for the supplies needed for the updates.