January, 2020 CELEBRATING OUR COMMUNITY! This month, we want to tip our hats to our generous and collaborative community! Celebrating Tutors in both the North and South Valley
Our tutoring program is a significant aspect of the support we provide our Dream Scholars, and we’re so fortunate to have two Wood River High School teachers, Stephanie Spindler and Alex LaChance, tutoring our youth after school in English and Science. Stephanie and Alex go the extra mile to support improved writing skills, reading comprehension and grammar, and biology – a new and challenging topic for our class of Dream Scholars this year.
This fall, it became apparent that we needed additional tutors to support our youth with increasingly challenging and new subjects; we engaged one of our Dream Scholars, a math “whiz”, to tutor his peers in math. This was so successful, that we decided to build a peer tutoring program so we could add tutoring hours! We reached out to staff at Wood River High School and the Sun Valley Community School to explore possibilities, and were amazed by the support we received….
“Dynamic Duo”, husband and wife “team” Calysta and Matthew Phillips, immediately responded with great enthusiasm and effort in response to our inquiry!
Calysta works at the Sun Valley Community School in MS Spanish, US Learning and as the Community Connections Coordinator, and Matthew is a Chemistry & Physical Science teacher at Wood River High School. They canvassed their respective school communities to recruit peer tutors to work with our teens. The response from the youth from both schools was overwhelming. We have no less than 12 peer tutors between both of these schools working with our Dream Scholars on a regular basis (please see names below). Our young tutors have demonstrated commitment and generosity of spirit lending their time and expertise to our youth. Calysta, Matthew, and peer tutors, we can’t thank you enough! To our peer tutors, your commitment and hard work is directly impacting the academic success of the Dream Scholars!
Peer Tutor Devan Nunez with Michael Diaz Peer Tutor Daphne Aquilles with Hugo Esparza
Stephanie Spindler with the kids Alex LaChance ready to start tutoring eager Scholars
A HUGE SHOUT OUT AND THANK YOU TO OUR PEER TUTORS!!
These youth are responsible, reliable, supportive and they are getting results! Watching all of the students working together to give and receive support, is nothing short of fantastic.
Sun Valley Community School Peer Tutors
Daphne Aquilles, Jett Carruth, Mari Mendoza, Sunny Pratt
Wood River High School Peer Tutors
Dianna T., Madisyn T., Kate D., Carolina E.,
Kenndy E., Mia C., Devan P., Sophie L.
CELEBRATING OUR VOLUNTEER MENTORS
Our mentorship program is another key component of our programming; the impact of mentorship cannot be overstated. We’re so grateful to our supportive and caring community volunteers who provide individualized guidance and serve as positive role models to our Dream Scholars.
A huge thank you to our volunteer mentors: Marcia Kent, Jacob Greenberg, Frank Halverson, Deide Rodriquez, Karissa Price,
Ashley Mekeel - who spend invaluable time with the Dream Scholars.
A BIG thank you to our wonderful and talented photographer:
Gerry Morrison, who generously donates his skills, is always happy to join us at school and at our events to help us document the journey of our Dreamer Scholars.
AND...Another HUGE thank you to Shorty's
Our wonderful, local restaurant that gives an abundance of healthy snacks which helps the energy level of our Dream Scholars, helping them work hard and do their best.
Dream Scholar COMMUNITY SERVICE
A key tenet of our program involves Dream Scholars giving back to our exceptionally supportive community. In December, we spent two days volunteering to wrap gifts at the Sun Valley Winter Wonderland Holiday Market. A good time was had by all as we helped to spread holiday cheer.
Collectively, these recent happenings reflect extraordinary examples of our community coming together.
Thank you, to our generous and collaborative community…
Happy New Year,
Laura Rose-Lewis, Executive Director
“I Have a Dream” Foundation – Idaho