What Donuts Can Teach You about School Attendance (English y Español)

Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA Who doesn’t love free food? Since the beginning of the 4th quarter, Santa Fe Public Schools have been starting with that simple idea to acknowledge students with good attendance. At Milagro Middle School, nearly 150 students with few absences received root beer floats. They crowded around the concession stand, craning their necks to see if their …

Swap till you Drop

Dana Greenblatt and Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTAs While books and access to reading opportunities are an essential element of child development, many families do not have consistent access to books for their children and teens. The Community Book Swap aimed to address this critical need for books in the homes of so many families in Santa Fe. Late Sunday morning, …

MathAmigos’ Math Teacher Workshop #2

Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader MathAmigos held an exciting second Math Teacher Workshop on February 24th at the Higher Education Center. For this workshop, teachers asked for additional resources and games focused on teaching fractions to their 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. The dedicated community partners and SFPS staff on the MathAmigos team sure did deliver! Teachers rotated between …

Abriendo Puertas Graduation

Abriendo Puertas Graduation

After 10 weeks of classes, a cohort of 8 dedicated Abriendo Puertas students celebrated graduation. The curriculum focused on educating and empowering parents as leaders. Each parent in the course committed to learning about healthy physical and emotional development, positive communication, academic preparation, language learning, and advocating for children’s rights. Over the course of the ten classes, the weekly sessions …

MathAmigos’ First Math Teacher Workshop

Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorpsVISTA The MathAmigos Workshop was a hit amongst earnest teachers, who brought along their curiosities and an air of enthusiasm for the opportunity to explore innovative curriculum. After an introduction to the team, and an overview of the day, teachers swiftly transitioned to their first session. James Taylor started his seminar with hands-on participation, introducing a puzzle-like brain …

¡Santa Fe Convive! Connecting Parents to Resources

Sarah Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA Everyone needs resources, but the biggest problem is finding them; ¡Santa Fe Convive! strives to be that connector. Convive focuses on addressing the growing gap of early childhood disparity in Santa Fe County through our bi-monthly “teach and talk” workshops. When they filled out the B2C grant in July, Convive was originally comprised of Many Mothers, …