Academic enrichment opportunities are woven throughout our tutoring program. These enrichment programs include STAR, It’s a WRAP!, educational workshops, and through arts activities that include: creativity toolkits, take home activities, and collaborative projects.
- STAR (Striving Toward Academic Readiness), developed for early elementary students, focuses on core skills such as literacy, print and number concepts, fine motor skills, and social and emotional development.
- It’s a WRAP! (Writing, Reading, Art, and Performance) is a month long summer program for students living at Salvation Army Barton Center. This program integrates art and education, and helps prevent summer learning loss.
- Volunteers with special skills bring subjects to life by traveling to different tutoring sites and leading hands-on math, science, and art activities for students of all ages. These workshops are offered at different times during the school year, based on opportunity.
- Art is integrated into the tutoring hour through creativity kits used by the tutors with students. These kits include hands-on arts projects, inspired music, audio tours of museums, information about famous artists, and much more.
Research has shown that the arts prepare students for success in school. Arts education can help narrow the achievement gap between students of low socioeconomic backgrounds and their advantaged peers. The arts help boost math and literacy achievement, develop creativity and critical thinking skills, and more.