Category: Expanded Learning

May
8

Local Girls ‘Step’ Into Leadership Roles After School

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 4:09pm

The Vision Step Team after-school program at Sheridan Elementary almost never came to be. When only three girls signed up at the beginning of the year, Coach Chelsea McElory said some people urged her to try another school.  “You really need about ten girls to make it run full throttle,” Chelsea explained, “but these girls > Continue Reading

Apr
10

Failure is a Necessity for Youth in Alchemy’s Skate In School Program

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 10:28am

As his knee hit the ground, Alex Miles quickly tucked and rolled from forearm to shoulder, immediately popping up to his feet and right back onto his skateboard.  “I don’t really get that frustrated anymore when I fall,” Alex said, ” I’m just used to it now.” Alex is one of a few students learning > Continue Reading

Mar
7

KBTC Uses Marbles, Paint, and Dr. Seuss to Make After-school Science Fun

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 10:42am

On a recent afternoon at Jennie Reed Elementary School,  first-grader Sadie’Sade was one of about a dozen students using a tray filled with paint and marbles to try to create a picture.  As she rocked the tray back and forth she said,  “I like it because it’s fun!”  But the activity was more than just > Continue Reading

Feb
6

Morning Art Teaches Tacoma Students About Making Choices

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 3:55pm

On a recent Tuesday morning, Sasha, a third-grader at Tacoma’s Fawcett Elementary, created a sumi ink painting while catching up with a few of her best friends before school started. Sasha is one of about 70 students at six local elementary schools who participate in Breakfast Sketch Club, an Expanded Learning Opportunity provided by Tacoma > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Expanded Learning Opportunities Help Students Learn Empathy and Cooperation

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 9:23pm

Standing at the door to their school gymnasium, Caleb and his classmates giggled playfully in a huddle.  “Remember your audience can see you, so you are on stage now,” their director reminded them.  They quickly straightened up and smiled, confidently taking their places to welcome their incoming guests. “The nature of creating art is rooted > Continue Reading

Oct
11

Partnering for the Whole Child: Tacoma Public Schools

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Strengthening Pierce County,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 10:43am

At Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, we’ve seen how much more we can accomplish when we work together.  Since 1981, community members have shared their commitment to a thriving Pierce County by partnering with GTCF to bring their vision to life and build a legacy for future generations.  In our 2018 yearbook, Pierce County Partners, a few > Continue Reading

Sep
7

Community Health Fair Inspires Medical Professionals to Explore School-Based Health Centers

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 5:52pm

Getting sports physicals for all five of her children is usually a huge undertaking for Shirley Sagapolu. “We normally go to a free clinic, since the physicals aren’t covered by Medicare,” Sagapolu said, “but they only do two a day so we have to make several trips and take time off work to get all > Continue Reading

Sep
7

Local Girls Connect with Nature and Career Possibilities through Environmental Justice Camp

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Spark Grants - Posted @ 5:20pm

When T’wina Nobles walked into her office on a recent Monday morning, she couldn’t wait to tell her co-workers about the Environmental Justice Camp she hosted for a group of local girls over the weekend.  “I was so excited, I was like, Oh you’ve got to see all the pictures!” The Environmental Justice Camp was > Continue Reading

Jul
11

Spark Grants: Creative Solutions from Grassroots Leaders

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Spark Grants - Posted @ 11:36am

 While volunteering with elementary school students in Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood, Chelsea McElroy saw a lot of girls fighting and getting into trouble at school.  Wanting to help, she brought the girls together to work out their issues peacefully.  The problem was, when she got all the girls in a room together, nobody wanted to > Continue Reading

Jun
7

Students Take Center Stage Thanks to Community Partnerships

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 12:19pm

On May 25th, Tacoma students performed on the Main Stage at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle. The Ballet Folklórico and World Drumming programs at Roosevelt Elementary School and First Creek Middle School presented traditional songs and dance. Tacoma is one of the few districts in the Northwest with a year-round Ballet Folklórico program. “When I > Continue Reading