For students to be successful in school, they need to know that they’re safe and secure and that people care about them. Working with this in mind, Communities In Schools of Peninsula rallies local support for children and provides programs and services to assist students in ways not always available through the school system. The organization takes a focused approach to helping kids: mentors and volunteers take time to get to know the children, and one mentor usually stays paired with the same students throughout the school year. With this approach, they can coordinate services that meet their students’ specific needs, from helping them get eyeglasses to providing one-on-one afterschool tutoring.
Communities In Schools of Peninsula’s programs include mentoring elementary- and middle-school students in reading and math, raising funds for school supplies for students in need, and supporting school strategies to eliminate bullying and harassment. The organization also connects students with summer-camp scholarships, empowering at-risk youth to stay out of trouble.
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Lined wall-to-wall with vibrant, interactive play areas, Discovery Village welcomes kids to play, learn, and explore. The 8,000-square-foot facility is made up of four play areas, designed for kids up to 10 years old. The indoor playground houses padded play equipment, and the Village invites kids to pretend they're grown-ups, stopping at the farmers' market, caring for pets at the vet, or making pizzas at the Pizzeria. In the Moon Sand Beach, kids build impressive sand castles, and the Drawing Table provides space for kids to tap into their creativity with a host of art supplies.
As kids roam freely making friends and enhancing their motor skills, parents can take advantage of the free Wifi at the Discovery Cafe. It serves coffee along with nutritious lunches and snacks?ensuring kids will never need to worry about Cookie Monster stealing their treats.
"All students are equally deserving of opportunities for educational advancement." This is the belief that propels The Ducere Group forward in its work. Made up of educators, families, and community members, the non-profit organization dedicates itself to creating healthier communities through programs including a charter school and a day camp. The Village Academy focuses on high academic standards, creativity, and character development for both traditional and non-traditional learners, while the day camp arms youngsters with citizenship skills such as recycling, first aid training, and fighting for the rights of voteless squirrels.
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