The Literacy, Arts and Exercise program served approximately 240 students in Grades 1- 8 attending Buffalo Public International School #45. It is a collaboration involving CEURE, other programs at Buffalo State, the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS), and ten to twelve community organizations committed to promoting academic success and positive youth development among students attending schools on the West Side. The goals of the program are to promote: (1) positive attitudes toward learning, academic achievement and college and career readiness through homework support, intensive academic tutoring in literacy and mathematics, and project-based/experiential learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, (2) positive youth development that encourages students to develop into well-rounded and healthy adults through cultural/arts programming, community/service learning, and character/leadership skill, and (3) health and wellness through sports, fitness, and physical recreation, and instruction in healthy lifestyles.
The Literacy, Arts and Exercise comprehensive program model for School #45 builds upon CEURE’s success with programs like Student Education Services, English Language &Arts and the Intensive Literacy Tutoring Initiative, and extends Buffalo State’s partnerships with School #45. The program incorporates a unique “learning together” framework, whereby Buffalo State students receive extensive training and professional development while they work alongside BPS teachers or community partner experts in STEAM and the arts to deliver daily programming. Buffalo State students learn and practice valuable skills, build expertise, and expand their knowledge of the diverse community. School #45 students have the opportunity to achieve personal goals and experience daily interaction with college students. Learning about college life at Buffalo State is a unique feature of the Literacy, Arts and Exercise program. In past years, the opportunity to build a relationship with college students and learn about their college experiences has been a highlight of the feedback we’ve received from K-12 students across all our programs.
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