Partnering with schools is one of the most essential aspects of our service. Since students can't always come to us, we come to them. In collaboration with teachers and administrators, we design programs that complement classroom learning, offsetting the challenges of large class sizes and inadequate resources.
Every student has different needs, and offering more positive adult interaction and academic support helps to create equitable access to opportunity. Current in-school programming includes:
RAWK Readers' Room (RWR) — In partnership with Kalamazoo Public Schools, RRR offers support for classroom teachers by providing a RAWK staff member overseeing a team of volunteers giving students supplemental one-on-one and small group time during the school day. In addition, RRR allows teachers to split larger classes into multiple teams in order to alleviate some of the stresses caused by large class sizes. The RRR team supports in-class curriculum, provides tutoring, reading, and inspiration, while students enjoy more of their classroom teacher's individualized attention. This small-group, project-based learning encourages voice, improves basic skills, and creates opportunities for the development of meaningful intergenerational relationships. There is currently a RRR in Lincoln School for International Studies.
Interested in volunteering in a classroom? Contact us!