WIth the cooperation of community faith leaders, educators, and concerned citizens, we are collaborating to offer safe and supportive learning environments for children during school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many thanks to RISE (Religious Institutions Supporting Education) for providing learning environments and mentors, and to SCAD for donating computers to students in need. Together, our community is making it work.
We have spent April and May creating enrichment activity kits for our students during the school closures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many supporters donated time, funds, and materials to make this large project possible. Kits included art and crafting materials, workbooks and worksheets, games and toys, and books in both Spanish and English. By the end of May we delivered close to 2000 kits to children throughout the city.
Students at Andrea B. Williams Elementary are busy decorating new planters for the City of Savannah's Sustainability Department. These planters will be filled with fruit trees and available to residents of the East Side at the East Side Fruit Tree Giveaway and Cookout. This event will take place on February 22, 2020 t the W. W. Law Recreation Center.
New in 2019, The Exploration Station is a STREAM classroom designed specifically for very young children attending the Early Learning Center at the West Broad YMCA. In an open floor-plan we have created a work-space complete with large tables suitable for science or art projects, open shelving providing easy access to materials, a large carpeted space for movement and music classes, a library and reading area, easels, a science station, and a pet corner!
Art and music workshops are currently being offered to ages 2 through 5 on a weekly basis.
The space is not only used for workshops run by guest teaching artists but also for the Center teachers to work on larger projects, and to hold community gatherings, meetings, and family engagement events.
The Early Learning Center teachers are able to bring small groups of children to the classroom to explore the materials available. The goal is to allow children the time and space to investigate available materials and hopefully to ask questions that inspire new interests.
We host numerous clubs each school year with the goal of bringing a diverse set of people (men, women, and young adults) into after-school programming to share life experiences, to mentor and teach specific skills, and to share relationship-building skills. Among these clubs are boys clubs, girls clubs, cooking clubs, and this year, Violin Club .
This youth focused project was designed to broaden the musical experiences of two groups of participants-- four experienced student musicians who attend the Savannah Arts Academy and eight 3rd grade students attending 21st Century after-school programming at Hodge Elementary School.
Participation by the Savannah Arts students was based on musical experience and their potential to mentor the Hodge participants in playing the violin and in gaining basic musical knowledge. Meetings will take place weekly throughout the 2019-20 school year.
All aspects of the project including lessons, rehearsals, and performances are free of charge for participants, including the use of violins for the duration of the program.
Some creative building happening today! We have here a castle and a giraffe and some sheep! We used this as a way to practice creative thinking, use our imaginations and practice team work while getting to know each other!
New projects are off to a great start for the school year. The Mindfulness Zone at Juliette Low Elementary is almost fully painted and ready to use, and a new reading nook has been created at the West Broad YMCA Early Learning Center!
Explore music and art with family and friends at this free event, presented in a partnership among the Savannah Music Festival, 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Loop It Up Savannah!
Sing, dance and make art!
Free concerts at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Laiken Love (soul & R&B)
Gino Castillo (salsa music)
Rebecca Flaherty (opera)
McIntosh County Shouters (ring shout)
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Yamacraw Center for Performing arts
649 West Jones Street, Savannah, Georgia