Thanks to a warm invitation from Guadalupe School board member Steve Downing, manager at Telemundo Utah, Guadalupe sixth graders experienced a unique field trip at the studios of a real news channel! Students were greeted by Steve, as well as news anchors the kids have seen on television, including Silvana Effio, the lead anchor. They were able to hear about what it takes to produce the news, and the various components of a broadcasting team. It was especially inspiring for Guadalupe students to hear from Telemundo staff, many of whom share similar stories of learning English as a second language, immigrating from another country, or coming from parents who did.
A highlight of the trip included the chance to experiment with the newsroom's green screen. Students and teachers stood in front of the screen, and watched the magic occur as a small television screen displayed them standing in front of various digitally imposed backdrops.
At Guadalupe School, we are proud to offer our students exciting and original ways to learn about the world around them. We hope to inspire youth to see what they can become, and work hard to achieve their dreams, regardless of what they are.
Guadalupe School is known for celebrating Halloween with ghoulishly great activities. This year we started with Trunk or Treat and Games! Students and their families came dressed up in their best Halloween attire, ready to check out the fun booths and collect candy from spooky decorated car trunks. The booths included a donut eating contest, bowling, and face painting by American Express volunteers who came to support for the second year. Parents went above and beyond with their car decorations, which included a lot of cobwebs, giant spiders, pumpkins, and witches.
Guadalupe teachers and staff made sure not to miss out on the fun. Many of them came to school in costume on Halloween, and accompanied their students in the traditional Halloween Parade. Parents came to support their kids, and sat in the cafeteria, where a windy path had been constructed to allow students show off their outfits while parading with their classmates.
Thanks to parents, staff, and American Express volunteers for making this Halloween one to remember!
Recently, Guadalupe School sixth graders had the amazing opportunity of participating in the Utah STEM Fest! STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and the STEM Fest is a convention where students get to learn about STEM through visual and hands-on displays that are as fun as they are educational. Guadalupe students had their curiosity piqued as they talked with STEM industry representatives. There were over 6o exhibitor booths that gave demonstrations or directed hands-on experiences for the students to increase their knowledge and interest in STEM topics. Students roamed the South Towne Expo Center, earning small prizes and exploring various activities, while engaging with professionals and future employers from a wide variety of technical fields. Some of the exciting activities included riding in hand-built electric cars, walking through a makeshift cardboard mine, learning about construction materials, conducting CPR on a medical mannequin, and operating a small robotic arm. We are so glad our students were exposed to the STEM fields in such a unique way, and we look forward to seeing many of our students enter these fields as they grow older!
If you would like to know more about Utah STEM Fest, check out the website here.
Last month Guadalupe held an annual fall fundraiser in hopes to raise funds for its various educational programs. In a departure from the traditional luncheon, we decided to start the fun a little earlier in the day, with a delicious pancake breakfast! This felt especially appropriate, as the event was held a day after National Pancake Day. Representatives from sponsoring corporations, community members, and former and current Guadalupe staff attended, and enjoyed some syrupy goodness along with inspiring speeches.
The program began with an introduction to Guadalupe School's five services, three of which are the early learning programs, In-home, Toddler Beginnings, and Preschool, followed by Charter School and Adult Education. Attendants were then privileged to hear from Guadalupe board member Trent Tenney of 4Life Research, who spoke of how he is inspired by serving an organization with an incredible mission and set of achievements. He was followed by Carlton Christensen, the Director of Regional Development for Salt Lake County, and Kayley Laureano, a Guadalupe alumna who is studying at the University of Utah. Both expressed their love and appreciation for Guadalupe School and its contributions to the Rose Park community.
Attendants were asked by each of the speakers to assist Guadalupe School in continuing its 52-year legacy of transforming lives through education. We have been blown away with the support that followed, resulting in a total of $31,000 being raised through the event in both sponsorship and donations. Guadalupe School relies on private donations from the community for 25% of its operating revenue; therefore, it could not do what it does without its generous donors! We thank community members who choose to invest in education, and who do so by supporting Guadalupe School, which provides education to one of Salt Lake City's most vulnerable populations. THANK YOU!
The students of Guadalupe School have been learning about the importance of unity and community, and specifically the power a community can have when working together. In response to the influx of natural disasters that have taken place recently, Guadalupe students and staff began a fundraiser for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and the earthquake in Mexico. The fundraiser was titled "Our Pack Gives Back" and gave reference to the school's wolf mascot.
The Our Pack Gives Back Fundraiser lasted for two weeks, and all members of the Guadalupe community were eager to raise money for the cause. Students and staff brought in their spare change, did odd jobs around the house to earn money, and even went to their friends and family to ask them to contribute. Many parents expressed gratitude for the opportunity their students had to think of others and to practice generosity. One mom wrote a note that said, "Dear teacher, thank you for showing our son that although he's little he still has a voice and can help out the country in these rough times. We appreciate everything you do for him."
The fundraiser's original goal was $500. Smaller goals were given throughout the two weeks to provide motivation and a sense of accomplishment. Students were given prizes for every $100 they were able to raise, and enjoyed dance parties, popcorn, and having a free dress day. To the absolute delight of all the students, vice principal Paul Mulder agreed to kiss a pig if the students were able to meet their $500 goal.
The fundraiser concluded on September 22nd. Students gathered in an assembly to learn more about the importance of community by observing how wolf packs work together. Additionally, they learned about and felt empathy as they saw images of the damage done in Texas and Mexico, and discussed the uphill climb these people faced to rebuild their communities. Students were informed they had met their $500 goal, and watched with glee as Mr. Mulder kissed a black pig named Wilbur. Finally, it was time to announce the grand total of the money raised. The excitement was palpable as the school mascot Lupe the Wolf announced that the Guadalupe School Community had raised a total of $1,033.28! Students and staff alike cheered for their collective efforts, and felt a sense of accomplishment that their efforts could make a big difference. As a surprise for more than doubling their goal, the students enjoyed one last prize as sixth grade teacher Mr. Bryants shaved off his beard!
We are so incredibly proud of our students and their families. Guadalupe students all qualify for free and reduced lunch, and often come from households where parents work multiple jobs to support their families. They are the recipients of many donations and service outreaches from community members, high school and college students, and corporate groups each year. However, they proved that they too can give back in a big way. Thanks Guadalupe School for the example you have set that all of us can do our part to support causes and communities in need!
Did you know that Guadalupe School began as a small English tutoring group for adult learners a little over 50 years ago? That's how it all started - and today, the Adult Education program is as robust as ever. Last year, 95% of Adult Education students made measurable progress, and 11 students passed the US citizenship test. This year the program has expanded to include even more vocational opportunities, including more CNA certification classes and cooking classes.
The continued growth and success of Adult Education relies on a steady flow of community volunteers. They are the driving force behind the life-changing methods that help adult students learn English quickly and effectively. Volunteers do not have to speak another language or have prior teaching experience. They are provided with prepared lesson materials and aided by the presence of professional staff. They also only have to commit to 2 hour tutoring sessions, one night a week, from 7 - 9 pm.
We are asking YOU to step up and become an Adult Education volunteer. It is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities available in the community, and we promise you will make incredible friends. For more details click here, and contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
This summer, Jake Winters, an Adult Education volunteer, was recognized at a Real Salt Lake soccer game through the American Express "Heroes Among Us" program. Jake is a medical student who has found a way to fit a 2 hour tutoring session into his already busy week. Watch the video below to hear more about his experience, and why he loves the Adult Education program.
Kayley Laureano is a Guadalupe School alumna who attended early learning classes, then continued on to charter school. In the video above, she recounts how much Guadalupe School influenced her life for the better. As many of our alumni would relate, she expresses how she began to develop a love for reading and writing through her experiences with Guadalupe teachers and programs. She was exposed to community partnerships that allowed her to aspire to goals she may not have imagined before, like when she watched University of Utah gymnasts perform. Most importantly, her developing affinity for education was also intuitively linked to a desire to go to college, thanks to how her mentors at Guadalupe talked about it as the logical and achievable next step for a successful and fulfilling life. Kayley now attends the University of Utah as an English major. Watch the video above to get inspired by Kayley's amazing story!
Have you ever wondered what's the best way to give back to your community? Turns out, there's not just one way, which is a good thing, because we all have different resources and talents. At Guadalupe School, we've made it easy for you to support our important mission of "transforming lives through education" in whatever ways most resonate with you. If you are wondering how to continue your support, or start supporting for the first time, here are some tips of the best ways to contribute to Guadalupe School:
1. Make a monetary donation, so that we can direct funds to the programs where they are needed most. Guadalupe School consists of five educational programs: Adult Education, Charter School, Preschool, Toddler Beginnings, and In-Home. In addition to some government funding and grants, our organization is made possible through private donations.
There are a few different ways a person can go about donating. A check can be written out to Guadalupe School and mailed to 1385 N 1200 W SLC, UT 84116. Or, you can contribute through our online "donate" button. An even easier way is to text the number of dollars you want to donate to our certified text-to-give number, 801-895-4710.
2. Fundraise for Guadalupe, by reaching out to your own circle. Visit this link and click "fundraise for this charity" in order to start your very own fundraising campaign at any time. Such fundraises are especially effective if you hold an event to accompany them, which is why we encourage you to pledge your birthday to Guadalupe School. On your birthday, throw a party and ask for donations instead of gifts, and you can celebrate another year of life while giving back!
3. Volunteer at Guadalupe School as a children's reading tutor or as an Adult Education English tutor. Our volunteers can attest that the Guadalupe volunteer activities are extremely fulfilling, and offer the chance to teach and be taught. Our programs would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers that fill in year round to help kids and adults learn to understand, read, and write in English.
4. Attend Guadalupe School fundraising events, where you will have a ton of fun while supporting a great cause! Check out our latest one, the UNITE Benefit Concert, and buy tickets for yourself and your family.
5. You can provide in-kind donations privately, or through your employment. Guadalupe School has benefited from the in-kind donations of old librarians and school teachers, graphic designers, and restaurants, just to give a few examples, If you would like to know if your services or products could be used to benefit Guadalupe School, give us a call at 801-531-6130.
We cannot express enough gratitude to those who have supported Guadalupe School throughout the years. Your contributions of money, time, and talent are the backbone of our organization. You allow us to truly transform lives through education. Thank you!
Guadalupe School third graders have been working hard and playing hard while learning fun and expressive choreography from a dance instructor provided by the University of Utah's Tanner Dance Side-by-Side (SBS) Dance Residency Program. This program offers weekly dance classes led by an instructor who collaborates with teachers to plan dance training that integrates classroom curriculum. Students have had the opportunity to participate in the arts and learn in a new, fun, and healthy way.
Last year two of our 3rd grade student participants received scholarships to continue their dance education at the Tanner Dance studio at the University of Utah. Those students have continued their dance education this year by attending classes and participating in performances on campus. Additionally, last month, third graders showcased what they have learned to their parents at a Guadalupe School dance recital! We are truly grateful to Tanner Dance and other donors for bringing this amazing dance program to our students.
Guadalupe School has been around for more than 50 years, making it one of the most well-established nonprofit organizations in the Salt Lake City community! As you can imagine, a lot of good has been done in the last half-century by Guadalupe School employees, volunteers, families, and donors. We thought it would be fun to take a look at Guadalupe's continual community support, and how although we always look to innovate and improve, our core values and services have remained the same!
Guadalupe School started as a small English instruction group that taught out of La Morena Cafe. Today, Guadalupe School is headquartered at a beautiful campus fundraised through a community capital campaign in 2014. All five programs are housed in this brand new building, and nearly 1,000 community members are enrolled in the various services.
Guadalupe School's Adult Education program has continued strong for a solid 50 years and counting! Its enduring success is attributed to the work of tireless certified directors and instructors who have developed an effective curriculum that can be taught in small group settings. Hundreds of community volunteers have dedicated time to helping give individualized tutoring to adults hoping to learn English and gain access to better opportunities over the last five decades.
Guadalupe School aims to provide educational resources to a community of students who may not have as much access compared to their more affluent peers. This has included providing technological aids such as computer programs to allow for well-rounded preparedness as students move into upper grades.
Central to the Guadalupe model of learning are volunteer reading tutors, who over the years have provided one-on-one instruction to students who are often learning to read and write in an entirely new language. This makes it possible for Guadalupe students to receive the individual attention needed to bring them up to speed with their peers who are not facing a language barrier.
Over the years, Guadalupe School has provided free meals to its students, because we know that full bellies equal open minds for learning!
We could not be more proud of the legacy Guadalupe School has produced after more than 50 years, and we look to the future with excited anticipation for all the good it holds! Thank you to the volunteers, staff, donors, and students who make our work and mission possible!
To help make another 50 years possible, consider attending our UNITE Benefit Concert, which you can learn about here.