New Website! - Foundation for Tacoma Schools
We are pleased to announce that the Foundation for Tacoma Schools now has an online presence! Follow the link to the Foundation's website, where you can learn about our mission, as well as view documents and upcoming events.
KBTC Kicks off American Graduate Day
The Student Panel: (left to right) Mario Pena, Letha Hollis, Denise Henix and Daniel Crittendon. Four students from the Tacoma School District, but with very different backgrounds, dialogued about their educations, teachers, schools, and the roles of mentors in their lives at KBTC's American Graduate Day Kickoff at the KBTC studio Saturday Sept. 22. They offered praise and criticism of teaching methods, educated the audience on impact of caring adults in the lives of young people, and told their own stories about growing up as a student in Tacoma.
To learn more about the American Graduate effort, click here.
Find an Hour
Find an Hour is recruiting and training 500+ tutors and mentors to work with children and teens in Tacoma Public Schools.
Students need our community’s help -- too many are not graduating from high school and not performing at grade level all along the way. But a caring adult committing an hour a week to spend with a child or teen for a year can make the difference. For example, studies have shown that children who receive one hour a week of tutoring over the school year increased their reading by a full grade level.
We know that a good education is the most promising pathway out of poverty and that by educating our children we create a safer, more prosperous community.
Find an Hour is a multiagency partnership committed mobilizing a cadre of tutors and mentors from across Tacoma. Partners to dateinclude Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Communities in Schools, Mentor 253, Northwest Leadership Foundation, REACH, Read 2 Me, Tacoma 360, Tacoma Community House, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma Public Schools, Trinity Presbyterian, Tacoma Urban League, write@253, and YMCA. New partners are welcome!
The campaign will run October 3, 2011 to January 30th, 2012. The schedule for Informational Meet and Greets is listed online, along with listings of volunteer opportunities for mentors and tutors. Check out the website at findanhour.org
If you would like to join the Find an Hour coalition, contact:
Noah Prince, email@example.com, 253.579.1165
Report for the Indicators for Student Success Project
A project of Tacoma 360 and the Foundation for Tacoma Schools, the Indicators for Student Success project prioritized factors that are important to student success. The Indicators Project was completed in May 2012.
You can find the report here.