STREAM helps students thrive

This fall Kump Education Center will begin a fourth year of the STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math) mentoring program in Randolph County Public Schools.

At-risk students benefit from individual coaching, field trips, and art activities led by AmeriCorps on the Frontline members sponsored by Kump Education Center with generous donations under the Neighborhood Investment Program with West Virginia tax credits for gifts over $500.

Jodi Calkins and Mary English will serve as STREAM mentors at Elkins Middle School and Jeanne Johnson will serve at North Elementary School.

These caring mentors build trust with their students by helping them to discover their strengths using a “Self-Trust Survey.” Then they work with students to set “SMART Goals” (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely).

STREAM students go on local field trips to places like Davis & Elkins College and the Division of Natural Resources, and they hear speakers describe little known local career opportunities.

STREAM students have programed NASA Robots and done chemical experiments at school, and we hope to provide a demonstration on the various ways drones can be used in remodeling houses and other useful tasks.

This year mentors want students to feel that they have some say in what happens in their school. Mentors plan to work with students on STREAM DREAM projects to improve life at EMS and NES.

Students will decide how to make their school a nicer place to be each day. They will do projects like painting a mural in the cafeteria, creating a pollinator path of blooming plants in the school yard, repairing and painting bleachers beside playing fields, or redecorating a restroom. They may do more than one project if time allows this year and they may decide to continue STREAM DREAM next year.

Mentors also plan to work with students and administrators to understand “Restorative Justice” a system for student reconciliation that is becoming popular in other parts of the United States.

“Restorative Justice” empowers student to resolve conflicts on their own and in small groups encouraging peer-to-peer respect and classroom community building.

In a world where media reports are full of competition, contention, and conflict, we plan to help students set small goals and do positive projects to restore harmony and hope.

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