This grant would be used to implement Everyday Leadership at three Title I, low-income schools in the Caldwell School district - Wilson Elementary, Van Buren Elementary and Washington Elementary. Approximately 60 students would benefit.
This is a collaborative effort uniting the resources of (1)School teachers and principals, (2)Caldwell School District directors, (3) Treasure Valley YMCA staff and (5) Rotarians from Rotary Clubs of Caldwell.
The grant would be used to provide school teachers and YMCA instructors to lead 13 leadership classes and two community service projects in each school. The funds would also be used to fund field trips and an end-of-session 1-day camp/lock-in at the Caldwell YMCA.
Rotarians play a central role in organizing, facilitating and funding the project. During the school year, 10-15 Rotarians meet with the students to discuss what they are learning and how they are using their new insights. Rotarians also provide logistical and transportation assistance as needed throughout the year.
The program has been very successful and is enthusiastically supported by the School District and the School administrators. Grades have increased, behavioral problems have decreased, and many of the participants have gone on to accelerated learning programs in junior high school.
Please refer to attached budget for a breakdown of costs of this program.