April is Literacy Month at City Academy. We’re celebrating with our students, faculty, staff, and volunteers!
This week, several individual City Academy supporters and community partners, such as Bring Me A Book St. Louis, participated in story-time. These volunteers read books such as Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein in upper grade classrooms and Flight School by Lita Judge to early childhood students.
After the stories were read, scholars brought the books to life though novel engineering projects. Novel engineering allows our students to integrate literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).
EDUCATION FOR ALL
Every child deserves hope, and black or white has nothing to do with it.
I had just graduated from my private liberal-arts college and was working for a large St. Louis corporation when a friend asked me to volunteer as a tutor at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club. That’s where I met Anthony, a second-grader attending school in an underperforming district that would later lose accreditation. His mom cared deeply for him, but the family had few educational options. She turned to Mathews-Dickey, a St. Louis nonprofit institution that has provided athletic, enrichment, and educational opportunities to children in north St. Louis for more than 50 years.
Anthony and I had very different backgrounds and lives, but we quickly found how much we had in common. For the next eight years, we met weekly. We talked about algebra and athletics, economics and comics, pie charts and pizza. I shared my love of books, and he shared his passion for art. I gave Anthony my perspective on the endless possibilities for his future, and Anthony helped steer mine.