This summer, the Art Center got a makeover: beautiful new floors, paint, furniture, and a gorgeous Woonsocket mural by RISD artist Tiffany Mendes. We have used the new space to expand our educational programming under two summer themes: Me and My Community, and Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies.
From gardening, getting messy with kinetic sand and making clay sculptures, to learning about the 2020 Census, Art Center students have gotten a jam-packed summer of learning. Plus, all of that is on top of daily lessons on the online literacy program, iReady!
Community Builder-in-Residence and certified classroom teacher, Leanna O’Brien, guided the students in growing vegetables from seed. Over the course of the summer, the students attentively watched their plants grow, watering when necessary (and not too much!) until it became time to transplant into larger pots. Lead Teacher Jaeleen Torres took it from there, guiding the students from painting their pots, to getting their hands dirty in the soil, and transplanting their vegetables so they can start to grow even bigger.
At the Art Center, we care about student choice. When the students said they wanted to beautify our outdoor area, we gave them the opportunity and tools to do so. They love spending time outside, and we make sure they get their share of the outdoors. We spend time outside every day, whether it is taking neighborhood walks, enjoying the swings at Costa Park, or painting peace rocks on our front lawn.
As a community development corporation, one of NWBRV’s core values is community engagement. We’ve used our ‘Me and My Community‘ theme to deepen our students’ connection to their Woonsocket community. Since 2020 is both an election year and a Census year, our teachers have built lessons around civic engagement to show our students the importance of getting involved in the political process. Using the Census Bureau’s kid-centered activities, students learned why everyone in the United States matters, and why everyone in their household needs to be counted in the 2020 Census. If you haven’t been counted yet, visit the Census website at www.2020census.gov.
Thank you to the United Way of Rhode Island and the R.I. Recovers Opportunity Grant for providing the additional funding necessary to keep our center open, clean, and safe all summer long.
Our teachers are dedicated to the healthy social, emotional, and educational development of the children of our community.
Contact us at (401) 762-0993 ext. 232 or firstname.lastname@example.org