UUCA has concluded a second summer of outstanding support for Operation P.E.A.C.E.’s 8-week Summer Academy held on Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward. This spring, 76 UUCA members/friends contributed over $9,800 to help cover the costs for children from low-income families. From mid-June to early August, 10 UUCA volunteers provided 450+ hours of tutoring and academic enrichment activities.
Special thanks go to UUCA volunteers Kathryn Adams, Beth Davis, Ron Davis, Susan Duderstadt, Martha Garettinger, Jocelyn Jackson, Jane MacGregor, Bettye Manson, Susan Ottzen, and Howard Rees for their time, energy and enthusiasm. Working along side volunteers from Our Lady of Lourdes and Big Bethel AME Church, kids attending the academy were engaged in a host of fun and stimulating math, reading, and science activities.
According to Beth Davis, “The kids LOVED the science projects created and led by Susan Duderstadt — they did not want to miss them!” Science topics included Ecosystems and Space. Volunteers were carefully matched with kids who were struggling with their reading. Math tutoring was provided for kids who were significantly below grade level with their math skills.
Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Council Member, attended the “Grand Finale” on August 2nd which featured the kids sharing in song, dance, and skits much of what they had experienced and learned about over the 8 weeks.
An unexpected and positive outcome is that UUCA volunteers have been invited to join OPEACE’s After-School Program for the coming school year. We will provide fun reading and math activities to bolster academic achievement.
OPEACE serves children and families who live in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, an inter-city neighborhood where the average annual family income is well below the poverty line. The majority of children attending OFW public schools qualify for free breakfast and lunch programs. A significant number of elementary, school-aged children score below grade level on scholastic assessment measures, such as the CRCT test. To learn more about the work of OPEACE, go to: http://www.operation peace.org.
UUCA’s involvement with OPEACE reflects collaboration between Promise the Children (PTC) and the Hope-Hill Advisory Teams (HHAT). Our aim is to promote the well-being of all children through advocacy and direct service. We have a variety of opportunities for volunteer involvement, such as one-time only events/projects: one-on-one math or reading tutoring with a child in need; or serving as a classroom helper. Come by the PTC/HHAT table in the Social Hall on Sundays to learn how you can make a difference.