Challenges facing teachers, particularly in public and urban schools, are well publicized. Time restraints, parental involvement, language barriers, funding, are just a few. Amid these obstacles, teachers need to teach the basic education requirements.
Research shows that academic learning extends beyond the school day. Fundamental lessons in math, science, history – and hopefully arts and cultures – can be strengthened when parents and caregivers support their children, whether through homework help, reading together, or simply communicating about their interests and goals for the future. However, when considering challenges parents face juggling work and family, this ideal is easier said than done for many.
Despite challenges facing teachers and parents, the bottom line is that children need to arrive at school ready to learn. Homework needs to be completed and understood so that teachers can continue teaching. BUT, homework completed isn’t enough. Children also need character development and character education to develop social, ethical and emotional skills.
Reading, math, and science are important. However, when children grow up and enter the workforce, they also need to be ready to connect and work with others. Teachers instruct students every day to treat each other with respect. Character development is important, and is promoted within schools. However, to develop character and social skills, these lessons need to be carried outside of the school day. Character development needs to be reinforced every day, all day.
Rain of Hope’s afterschool programs provide academically enriched, character education students need to succeed in life. Rain of Hope's afterschool programs introduce children to the lesson that our choices and actions impact those around us. Rain of Hope teaches children WHY they should choose to help their community. Each lesson focuses on character education, which, when done effectively, creates a learning environment where students are ready to listen, respect and support each other – students are ready to learn. Rain of Hope also provides homework help before or after each lesson.
Through community service learning, our programs empower children by introducing challenges facing our world – and then work together towards finding solutions that help. From problem solving to team building, our organization focuses on helping children develop and understand that all of us – regardless of age, race or background – have the power and a voice inside of us to rise up, bring change, and ultimately control our own future.
Afterschool programs are vital for schools and communities to grow. Afterschool programs enrich children during the time of the day when juvenile crimes are at their peak. Research shows that children attending afterschool programs have increased school attendance and improved behavior. Children attending afterschool programs are staying out of trouble are coming to school the next day ready to learn.
Through community service learning, Rain of Hope’s afterschool programs provide academically enriched, character education students need to succeed in life. We invite you to join us and make our programs available to more communities. Consider volunteering your time or helping fund programs to allow more children to take advantage of these wonderful lessons. Contact us today to learn more.