Partnerships are an essential strategy for fostering high quality learning environments. Special thanks to our most recent partners who share our goals in education:
Hasbro Inc., United Way of RI, the State of RI, The Cumberland School Department, Blackstone Valley Prep:
The Annual Cumberland Leadership Academy was held for 60 Middle School students due to the generous support of the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative, a program of RIASPA/UNITED WAY OF RI. This full day, 6 week summer camp was made possible by our partners at Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School and the Cumberland School Department's J.L. McCourt and North Cumberland Middle Schools. Pre and post tests showed a 16% increase in reading and a 32% increase in math skills on average for the 2016 cohort. Congratulations to all the partners and participants for a successful summer! HSLI has awarded OCYL over the past few years; 2014: $25,000, 2015: $30,000, 2016: $50,000.
The Cumberland School Department: Buses are now provided from JL McCourt and North Cumberland Middle Schools on Wednesdays for students who attend the STEAMshop "Design Time" program.
UNITED WAY OF RI: We have an important observation tool for evaluating quality STEM programming made possible through the United Way of RI. Training and certification in "Dimensions of Success "(Dos), was awarded as part of the STEM Resource Tool Kit Grant.
HASBRO TOY CO:
Our main classroom has a STEAM-Y new look thanks to the amazing talent of Hasbro Toy Company's staff who painted a mural based on our STEAMshop logo and who also threw a party on the Annual Hasbro Global Day of Joy in 2015 for our 3-5 year olds!
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy Elementary 1:
In the Winter of 2014, OCYL was invited by Blackstone Valley Prep Elementary to develop and create online videos and resources for parents of children heading to kindergarten. The project also included partners from the Central Falls School District, Progresso Latino and the YMCA. OCYL taped a Music and Movement teacher, an Art Teacher and a Literacy Teacher for the project. Click here to see the Head of School, Jeremy Chiappetta talk about the project.