AC Summer LEAP Extends Beyond the Classroom

Posted on October 16th, 2019 by acsrochester

This summer, AC LEAP once again welcomed more than 100 Rochester City School District students to campus for six weeks of learning, wellness, and enrichment activities.

During the program students enjoyed:

  • Individualized reading instruction
  • Field trips
  • Family-style lunches
  • STEM activities
  • Weekly swimming

For the past six years, AC has partnered with School #17 to provide high-quality summer learning to students from the Rochester City School District. By extending the community school support students enjoy during the academic year, AC LEAP works to close the opportunity gap often experienced by students with low-income during the summer months.

“To be with these kids every summer and to see their growth is amazing,”said AC Alumnus Justin Kennedy, who works in the fifth grade classroom. “They continue to impress me with how passionate they are and how much they invest in our community. It means so much to me to be able to work with them and see them develop as people.” 

Beyond their classroom studies in reading, math, and STEM, AC LEAP students explored this year’s program theme: Restorative Justice League, in which they used restorative practices to build community and resolve conflict. They also had the opportunity to meet with, and learn about, a variety of restorative justice leaders from the Rochester community.

This year’s off-campus learning included:

A partnership with the Buffalo Bills Foundation and Alfred State’s Art Force 5 to create mosaics celebrating the centennial of women’s suffrage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A visit from We’re Hair, a local, black owned mobile barber shop, to give students fresh haircuts so they could return to school looking and feeling their best.

 

 

 

 

 

Participation in a bilingual read-aloud with Hipocampo Bookstore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And karate with Johnny Karate, a karate instructor from the city of Rochester, who taught students fun and interactive karate moves to build physical fitness and self-esteem.

 

 

 

 

 


Get Involved!

Lindsey Brown
Director of AC LEAP
leap@allendalecolumbia.org

Lindsey Brown

Lindsey Brown

Lindsey earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and master’s degree in Creative Writing at SUNY Brockport and holds New York State Teacher Certifications in Primary Education with a Bilingual Extension, Spanish (7-12), and English (7-12). She is currently working on her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership which will be completed in the Spring of 2021. Before coming to Allendale Columbia, Lindsey worked in community health and taught in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Rochester. She is the Executive Director of the Summer LEAP Program.

AC LEAP Accomplishments Since 2014

  • More than 362 students and 329 families served
  • More than 1,800 books distributed
  • More than 12,400 meals served
  • More than 60 field trips taken
  • More than 37 community speakers

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Local Politicians and School #17 Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting

Posted on June 17th, 2019 by Amelia Fitzsimmons


On Friday, June 7th, Mayor Lovely Warren and Senator Joe Robach helped Enrico Fermi School #17 students cut the ribbon on a greenhouse. The greenhouse was made possible by many including the United Way, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Green Visions program. The goal of the greenhouse is to encourage students to live a greener lifestyle while also teaching them how plants and vegetables are grown.

Green Visions is a workforce development program providing job training and experience for the youth of the JOSANA community in Rochester, growing flowers and futures on once vacant city lots. This summer, Allendale Columbia Summer LEAP will be partnering with the Green Visions to plant and harvest a flower garden on site at AC. Seventy five percent of AC LEAP participants are residents of the JOSANA neighborhood and attend Enrico Fermi School #17, and we join with the community in support of these students as they make green choices and give back to their community. This summer, our students will develop career-readiness skills training and practice in entrepreneurship as part of our program. We are excited to collaborate with Green Visions and make our campus a contributing part of JOSANA neighborhood’s rejuvenation.

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AC Summer LEAP partner, School #17, get's new greenhouse.
Rochester, N.Y. – It was a day of celebration at Enrico Fermi School No. 17 in Rochester as its new greenhouse was unveiled.

Students will be able to help grow plant life in the greenhouse. Thanks to staff members from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, strawberries are already sprouting.

United Way of Greater Rochester volunteers have also helped build and plant flower beds.

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Wolfie Stirs Students to Read and Help for May 10 Read-A-Thon

Posted on May 3rd, 2019 by Allendale Columbia School

by Randy Northrup, 5th Grade Teacher

Students from Nursery through Grade 5 gathered in the Curtis Performance Center (CPC) for a Read-A-Thon Kick-off. Mrs. Michelle Feiss, Head of Lower School, noticed all sorts of camping equipment on the stage and, along with the students, figured that AC mascot, Wolfie, was up to something.

Sure enough, Wolfie shared that he was missing all the fun he had at Camp Howl-A-Lot last summer and was trying to recreate the experience. After talking about all of the fun activities he enjoyed at camp, Wolfie asked what students at AC like to do. (more…)

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AC works with students from RCSD to close the summer learning gap

Posted on August 21st, 2018 by lbrown

August 15th marked the end of another successful summer, here at AC Summer LEAP! Students, parents, and faculty came together to celebrate the hard-work and dedication of this year’s participants in an interactive, up-beat Student Showcase.

After opening remarks from AC Summer LEAP’s Program Director, Lindsey Brown, and LEAP’s PTO President, Leticia Castro, LOLSuperstar and School No. 17 music teacher, Chaz Bruce took, center stage with partner Toshman Powell. Together, “ChazNDash” led the audience through an uplifting and enthusiastic call-and-response song that got the whole auditorium singing and clapping along.

 

This year’s AC Summer LEAP theme was “Wonders of Wakanda,” based on the recent popularity of Marvel’s Black Panther movie and comics. Through this theme, culturally relevant instruction was created, and each grade was assigned a topic to present at the Showcase as a “tribe.” Topics included, safety, entrepreneurship, leadership, and technology, and presentation styles ranged from home-made videos and fidget spinners to fashion shows, spoken word, and dance. 

Established in 2014, AC Summer LEAP is a six-week summer enrichment program that seeks to close our community’s opportunity gap by offering high-quality summer learning experiences to low-income children from the Rochester City School District. Studies show that low-income students can lose up to three months of academic gains when they are out of school for the summer, which by 5th grade, can account for a 2.5-3 year achievement difference between low-and middle-income students. AC Summer LEAP is here to help fill that gap!

 

AC Summer LEAP Student Showcase Photo Gallery 2018

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WHAT WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED SINCE 2014

362 students served                329 families served      1,800 books distributed
37 community speakers      12,400 meals served     60 field trips taken

 

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Lindsey Brown

Director of AC Summer LEAP

leap@allendalecolumbia.org

Donate now to support AC Summer LEAP

Lindsey Brown

Lindsey Brown

Lindsey earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and master’s degree in Creative Writing at SUNY Brockport and holds New York State Teacher Certifications in Primary Education with a Bilingual Extension, Spanish (7-12), and English (7-12). She is currently working on her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership which will be completed in the Spring of 2021. Before coming to Allendale Columbia, Lindsey worked in community health and taught in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Rochester. She is the Executive Director of the Summer LEAP Program.
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VIPs Tour AC Summer LEAP

Posted on August 6th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Community members and supporters recently stopped in to see Allendale Columbia School’s Summer LEAP program in action! After a brief introduction by Head of School Mick Gee and Executive Director of AC’s program, Lindsey Brown, guests toured campus, visited in classrooms, and spoke with faculty and parents to see first-hand the impact of Summer LEAP.

AC Summer LEAP VIP Tour

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Summer LEAP is a six-week summer enrichment program that seeks to close our community’s opportunity gap by offering high-quality summer learning experiences to low-income children from the Rochester City School District. Studies show that low-income students can lose up to three months of academic gains when they are out of school for the summer, which by 5th grade, can account for a 2.5-3 year achievement difference between low-and middle-income students. AC Summer LEAP is here to help fill that gap!

Throughout the day, it was clear that AC Summer LEAP is a vital program targeting the area of greatest need in the Rochester City School District. AC partners with a community school, Enrico Fermi School No. 17 and its principal Caterina Leone-Mannino, helping to lift it out of receivership. School 17 and AC’s LEAP program serve a high proportion of Spanish-dominant Latino students, including some who arrived in Rochester post hurricane Maria.

AC’s Summer LEAP program is unique in many ways. It features bilingual balanced literacy, a comprehensive restorative justice program that helps students develop positive conflict resolution skills and maximizes academic time for all students, a wellness program in partnership with the JCC, and family-style lunches with locally-sourced food.

This year, LEAP is using the theme “Wonders of Wakanda”, based on the recent popularity ofMarvel’s Black Panther movie and comics, to emphasize culturally relevant instruction. An amazing 84% of faculty are teachers of color, more closely matching the student population than any other school in the city. Students are choosing projects related to innovation, the arts, and leadership. AC Summer LEAP’s 5th graders are reading the Black Panther graphic novel and writing their own graphic novel origin stories that emphasize self-awareness, cultural pride, and themes of leadership.

VIPs in attendance included: Jan August of the Office of Major Gifts at the United Way; Jerome Underwood, CEO of Action for a Better Community; Simeon Bannister, Interim Vice President of Community Programs at the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Several members of AC’s Summer LEAP Advisory Committee participated, including Jori Cincotta, Ebets Judson, and Jill Wynn.

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School #17 achieves receivership metrics, thanks in part to AC Summer LEAP!

Posted on August 6th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

At last week’s November 15th Board of Education meeting, School #17 was honored for achieving its receivership metrics.

“As a longstanding partner to School #17, we’re thrilled to celebrate this accomplishment with them,” said Allendale Columbia Head of School Mick Gee. 

AC Summer LEAP has been part of the school improvement plan for School #17 since 2015. “We provide 182 hours of additional high-quality academic enrichment for students from School #17,” explained Lindsey Brown, Director of AC Summer LEAP. “Through authentic engagement with parents, students, teachers and partners we have been able to establish a robust cohort of students who commit to summer learning over the long term.”

Since it’s start in 2015, AC Summer LEAP has experienced continued success among it’s School #17 participants, particularly in the areas of literacy and daily attendance.

AC Summer LEAP 2018 Accomplishments

  • Cohort size increased 62% (from 68 to 110)
  • Students, on average, gained 4 weeks of literacy progress
  • Average daily attendance was up (75% in 2017, 85% in 2018)

“The progress made at School #17 is one indicator that our enrichment model is successful,” said Lindsey. “We are now partnering with EnCompass Resources for Learning to pilot a year-round model for enrichment to further align school year learning with summer support.”

AC Summer LEAP has a long-term commitment to supporting students across Rochester. “As educators, witnessing the growth and success of School #17 students has been a reminder of why we do what we do,” said Mick. “We’re excited to continue our work with School #17 to collaborate to build a stronger future for youth in Rochester.”

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