At Guadalupe School students and teachers love to learn through hands-on experiences. That’s why our organization is so grateful for Tesoro Corporation. Through a STEM education grant, they have made it possible for Guadalupe kids to go on multiple fieldtrips this school year in order to learn more about the world around them. In the month of February, Guadalupe fourth and fifth graders were especially fortunate to visit incredible exhibits at both the Thanksgiving Point Museum of Ancient Life and The Leonardo Museum.
At the Museum of Ancient Life students were fascinated by the chance to “roam among the dinosaurs, explore a Carboniferous Forest, and dive deep into a Cretaceous Ocean.” The exhibit featured life size dinosaur skeletons, and over 50 hands-on activities, including an erosion table and a quarry dig where students could look for fossils. The museum even included a paleontology lab where real scientists are working to unearth a 150-million-year-old Barosaurus!
Students also loved visiting the flight exhibit at The Leonardo. This gallery is especially appropriate as Leonardo da Vinci, whom the museum is named after, extensively researched how flight was possible by studying birds, and eventually designed and built a flying machine that became a building block towards modern day planes. The flight exhibit included interactive elements such as flight simulators and a giant aircraft that the kids could climb in.
Guadalupe School is proud to encourage exploration and discovery through science and technology, as it works with generous partners to provide incredible experiences to its students. We know children will learn and grow as they are able to combine textual learning with interactive play.
A few weeks ago Guadalupe School hosted several professionals who were willing to share their stories and experiences about how they had entered and developed their careers. Guadalupe students were privileged to hear and learn from individuals representing a large spectrum of jobs. The principal and staff believe it is very important that students become exposed to successful adults who have gained education and training, and then applied what they have learned in order to fulfill a real career. This type of exposure can help inspire children to anticipate the diligence a successful future requires, and look forward to the fulfillment it will provide. Students are reminded of future goals each time they attend classes, as forward progress is an integral part of Guadalupe School culture. Even the kindergarten classes are referred to as "Kinder College," calling to mind the fact that these little ones are being prepared for great things.
The students were all smiles as they sorted ingredients with a chef, learned about bones from a scientist, and did jumping jacks with a medical professional. They also got to design planes with a military serviceman and hear a beatboxer! It was an exciting day for students who are just bursting with big hopes and dreams! Fortunately, thanks to the amazing teachers and volunteers of Guadalupe School, they are being equipped with the tools to make their dreams a future reality.
Last week Guadalupe School celebrated Valentine's Day a little early by throwing a movie night celebration! The event was held at Brewvies Cinema Pub, where guests enjoyed snacks and a movie in a private theater room. Attendees helped Guadalupe staff express love for our organization's life changing programs, and the students and families who are its driving force. The event was generously sponsored by UBS Bank and Ivory Homes, therefore all other proceeds were used 100% as funds raised for the school's programs.
Guadalupe School fundraisers support things such as the Adult Education program where non English speakers learn the language through small group sizes and personal tutors. They also sustain our Early Learning programs that provide educational and literacy resources to families with small babies and toddlers. Even the bus system at Guadalupe School, which allows our preschool and charter students to maintain a 95% attendance rate, is supported through fundraising.
That being said, one can imagine how excited Guadalupe staff felt when community members bought over $2,000 worth of movie tickets, and then DOUBLED that amount through donations made throughout the night. Our programs were bolstered by over $4,000 in just one night of Valentine's movie fun.
Guadalupe School says THANK YOU to all of those who supported our mission of "transforming lives through education" that night, and invites all to continue helping us with this cause. We invite you to learn more about our programs, and if our approach resonates with you, consider giving your support!