Making a difference in the lives of children
It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our founding president, Carol Tomason, on October 12, 2018. All of us who worked with Carol are terribly saddened by this loss, but determined that the work she led will continue unabated.
Recent Accomplishments & Future Plans
- More than 60 adult volunteers served approximately 50 students from preschool through eighth grade during the most recent academic year. All services are provided free of charge.
- The elementary and middle school after-school tutoring programs provided one-on-one and small group learning assistance four days a week. Tutoring focused on literacy skills (reading comprehension, vocabulary development, writing), math, filling gaps in background knowledge and helping with homework completion.
- The preschool program completed its third year. Three and four year old children participated in a language-enriched program that emphasizes developmental and pre-academic skills and prepares them to enter North Chatham Elementary School.
- An enhanced Early Childhood Program will begin in September, 2018. The preschool will expand to five days a week, an after-school kindergarten program will be added, and our first and second grade programs will receive additional support. A new bilingual Early Childhood Specialist has been hired to lead this process, thanks to generous support from the United Way of Chatham County and our individual donors.
- Recognizing the importance of parental involvement in children's education, a parent education component will be added to our early childhood work. Two professors and graduate students from UNC's Graduate School of Social Work will lead this program, known as Trail Blazing Achievement for Latino Families. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Arthur Carlsen Charitable Fund at the Triangle Community Foundation.
- A summer enrichment camp will be held for the third consecutive year. For four weeks in June and July, up to 30 children participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) related activities that reinforce basic skills through a hands-on curriculum and field trips. To complement the curriculum, a garden will be created for the children to plant and nurture. These enriched learning experiences are underwritten by the generous support of the Triangle Community Foundation's Send-A-Kid to Camp Fund, the Galloway Ridge Charitable Foundation and the Women of Fearrington.
- Another 8th grade student has been accepted into the AVID program in high school, bringing to four the number of our students admitted into this prestigious program over the past few years. AVID is a highly selective, national program that ensures students from low-income and ethnic minority backgrounds are on a college-bound track and provides students with counselors and other supports to help them attain college admission.
- Our collaborations with other community partners continues to enrich our work. We hosted evening parent events that brought teachers and administrators from North Chatham Elementary School and Pollard Middle School to the Nature Trail neighborhood. Our work with Chatham Reads and Chatham Literacy helps address literacy needs in the community. Our collaboration with the University of North Carolina's Graduate Schools provides valuable resources to the Nature Trail residents through programs offered by the School of Social Work, the Law School, and the School of Public Health over the past two years.
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