September to mid-June
You'll find the Ravenswood City School District just four miles away from our Menlo Park campus. It serves 3,600 students in preschool through eighth grades in seven schools and a child development center. The student body draws from the diverse neighborhoods of East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park: 78% Hispanic, 11% African-American, and 9% Pacific Islander.
The classroom situation in Ravenswood is particularly challenging: 69% of students are English language learners, 66% score below proficient in English Language Arts, 52% score below proficient in math, 89% are considered low income, and only 6% of parents are college graduates.
As a result of these challenges and more, teacher turnover is also very high, and almost a third of the district’s teachers have less than two years’ experience. These teachers enter the teaching profession with courage and hope; our desire is to come alongside to help them maintain that positive spirit. We can do this by making time to care for them and by sharing our resources generously. They, in turn, will be better equipped to impact their students and families. Thank you to the Ravenswood Education Foundation for coordinating this program with the local schools.
The Adopt-a-Teacher program invites small groups (families, small groups, friends, book clubs, scout troops, etc.) to provide much needed encouragement and school supplies to a teacher for the school year (September to mid-June). Each group assumes the following responsibilities:
Spiritual Gifts: Intercession, Mercy, Encouragement, Giving
Passions: At Risk Children, Education, Justice, Compassion