Report cards are in!
2020 was a wild ride (to say the least), but we’re excited and proud to share how our programs performed last year, despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Although schools were physically closed last year, students in our programs continued learning from home, thanks to the creativity and dedication of the program staff, teachers, principals, and communities. Today, it’s time for us to reflect on 2020 and share our findings with you, the people whose generosity helped make all of this possible!
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Spark Reading Program
children’s books delivered
The Spark Reading Program delivered over 13,800 new children’s books to program schools during the pandemic. Our dedicated Spark teachers then safely distributed books to their students’ homes, ensuring that their promising young students could continue their journeys to becoming lifelong readers, even from home.
The Textbook Program provides textbooks to rural middle schools and trains teachers to use them effectively. In 2020, students were able to bring their textbooks home with them at the start of quarantine and continue learning the core subjects of math, science, Spanish language, and social studies from home during the pandemic.
teachers trained virtually
Approximately 500 dedicated teachers and principals from Textbook Program schools joined our online teacher trainings via Zoom! We were delighted by the turnout and excited by the opportunity to train even more teachers at once using this format, compared to in-person training.
Rise Youth Development Program
phone calls made per month
Rise Program staff made over 1,000 phone calls per month to Rise students in their communities, checking in on their physical and mental health, their family’s well-being, and making sure they have the support and tools they need to continue their education successfully during the pandemic.
Computer Centers Program
The Computer Centers Program provides computers to rural middle schools and trains teachers how to use them effectively.