This month, Guadalupe School had the honor of welcoming Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and representatives of the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah Education Policy Center to tour our campus, hear from parents of Charter School students, and see our After School program in full swing.
Trisha Perry, Guadalupe School's After School Director, and her assistant Jamie Jensen, have worked tirelessly to create an experience that provides quality learning opportunities in many forms to After School students. Their willingness and effectiveness in collaborating with community volunteers and partners has allowed for things like science experimentation labs, music lessons, arts and crafts, and literacy camps to be included in After School education. Due to Trisha's hard work and enormous talent, Lt. Governor Cox was not disappointed with what he observed at Guadalupe School.
To begin the occasion, Executive Director of Guadalupe School, Richard Pater, welcomed the Lt. Governor and crowd by talking about how appreciative our organization is for the state funding that has allowed us to provide a high quality after school program to about half of our Charter students. He explained that especially for the population served at Guadalupe School, this is a huge benefit. Many Guadalupe School parents do not speak fluent English, and are unable to assist their children in the ways they would like to on homework that is in English. Additionally, many of them work long hours, sometimes at multiple jobs just to make ends meet for the family, and unfortunately do not have the luxury of being home with children after school in order to help.
The After School program provides Guadalupe students with an hour of homework assistance, followed up by an hour of extracurricular activities. Lt. Governor Cox was able to see a few of those activities, including a choir class, a violin class, and a tennis class. Guadalupe School is proud to be supported by community partners who have offered such services in order to better serve and stimulate Guadalupe School students.
Lt. Governor Cox and the other representatives who visited were very impressed with the good work Guadalupe School is doing. They especially enjoyed hearing from several parents who shared how fortunate they felt to have their children enrolled in various programs of Guadalupe, and even for some of them to be enrolled in the Adult Education program simultaneously.
Guadalupe School thanks Lt. Governor Cox and all of the other visitors for stopping in to see Guadalupe School programs in action, and to better understand our mission and services.