RISE students at Apollo Middle School stretch with Will Mattingly, YMCA artEMBRACE’s martial arts instructor.
When the final bell rings at the end of the day at Apollo Middle School, the halls bustle with students getting to extracurricular activities, like soccer, volleyball, and cheerleading practice. Some students decide to stay after school for homework help in the NAZA programs. In my R.I.S.E. program, I have students from all different parts of the world, including Egypt, Mexico, and Nigeria, who come together and share this experience as a team. My students meet me in the cafeteria eager to find out what we are doing for the following two hours. For the first hour we eat snack, talk about the school day, and then begin homework. They support each other during homework help time and encourage the group to participate in the fun activities that follow. After an hour of homework, the students are given the opportunity to participate in an enrichment activity. For the first week, for example, the students participated in martial arts with an outside instructor, William. We all loved William’s encouraging teaching strategies and motivation to stay active! Thanks, William! This week, we are exploring what sparks our interests for career exploration and beginning to understand service learning.