North Highland Elementary is located just south of the church and serves the families living in the neighborhoods in our zip code. North Highland has come so far, after nearly being shut down over the summer. The staff are working incredibly hard to improve students’ academic performance and develop their new teachers. The reputation of the school has shifted drastically, and the image of North Highland in the community is becoming more positive every day. The principal has invited Bridgeway to play a part in their journey, which is an honor we have been praying for since our church began.
Here are some ways we can begin to serve our neighborhood through partnering with North Highland Elementary School:
Become a tutor or coordinator 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 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. We're also looking for a coordinator to volunteer a few additional hours each week to administrative tasks.
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. It provides an opportunity to build relationships with students at North Highland 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 is a required training session to attend at the beginning of the school year - date will be announced later. For more info or to sign up as a mentor or substitute, contact Ann Storms, Whiz Kids coordinator.
Volunteer with Oklahoma City Public Schools
If you have an hour a week that you would like to spend at North Highland Elementary, whether as an office assistant, lunchroom monitor, teacher’s aide, or any other capacity, please visit the OKCPS website to fill out the volunteer application and consent to a background check. Once you apply and are approved, you will be free to sign up for specific volunteer opportunities with the school directly.