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.