Thank you for your support of North Highland Elementary. The new principal has invited members of Bridgeway to join a Community for Accountability team to organize volunteer opportunities. We have been praying for an opportunity like this to be involved in our neighborhood since Bridgeway began!
Here are some ways we can begin to support our neighborhood:
Adopt a Classroom
Most importantly, we need community groups and families to commit to support teachers throughout this school year by buying school supplies, decorating rooms, hosting class events, and even assisting during the school day. This is the primary way we want to have a sustained relationship in our neighborhood. For more info about about adopting a classroom, read this. IMPORTANT: All persons volunteering must fill out a free volunteer application which includes consent to a criminal background check.
Become a Tutor for WhizKids
Whiz Kids is a faith based literacy and tutoring program that has served Oklahoma City for over 22 years. We provide mentors, friends, Bible teaching and role models for disadvantaged children in Oklahoma City and and help them learn to read. The ability to read has been shown to be one of the key indicators of future success. Whiz Kids focuses on reading due to our state’s alarming illiteracy rates. In Oklahoma, 74% of fourth graders read below grade level. Most of the tutoring hour is spent reading to/with the child and engaging in fun learning games and activities.
Where and When does Whiz Kids take place?
Whiz Kids meets weekly here at Bridgeway in the Back Room on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m. during the school year, beginning September 5th. It provides an opportunity to build relationships with students at North Highlands Elementary School, and then the ripple effect extends to meeting and knowing their families and the community.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone who has a heart for kids and wants to have a simple, easy way of getting involved and helping them succeed. The best part is that you think you are changing someone’s life by volunteering your time and energy, but actually, you are the one that will be changed the most! There will be a required training on August 29th from 3:00-5:00pm, for more info or to sign-up, contact Ann Storms, Whiz Kids coordinator.