Friday, May 21, 2010

A New Trail Blazed...

Poet Robert Frost once said "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." This week a new trail was blazed by true visionaries. For a number of years many of us at the Creek have dreamed of creating a partnership with our largest neighborhood in an effort to provide some much needed support and services outside of the school day setting to our students. A little over 6 months ago our Leadership Team reached out to the management at the community and we held our first outreach day inside the neighborhood in December. The day was such a success that it left nothing but a desire to turn the partnership into something more substantial. Our Behavior Interventionist, Liz Duncan, Media Specialist, KK Cherney, and Community Manger, Jermaine White began immediately planning for the creation of a special "place" where we could meet our kids on their own turf and the Chets Creek Elementary Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Portside was born! American Residential Communities, the neighborhood's management company remodeled the old clubhouse, gifted furnishings and technology for students to access our district's online learning tools. The Chets Media Team contacted our partners Scholastic Book Fairs and Bonanza Books and a mobile library cart was provided and stocked with literature for checkout. The Chets Art Team prepped and painted a gorgeous mural to adorn a special storytelling room and the incerdibly generous Faculty and Staff have agreed to donate time throughout the summer so that the center can be open for our children to visit. Our School Advisory Council and other business partners, Chick-fil-A at Hodegs and Beach, Starbucks at Windsor Commons, the JGCC Women's Network and our Landstar Lunchtime Tutors were on hand along with dozens of neighborhood residents and children at our Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to get a first glimpse at this most incredible resource. The possibilities for where this path may lead us are endless and without a doubt I know the trail left behind will change the lives of all those on the journey.

6 comments:

Patti Bass said...

This is truly the realization of a dream! What a wonderful resource for our students and their families! Thanks to all who imagined, dreamed, and "DID" to make it happen!

Dorry Lopez said...

I am so excited and happy for our students and families at Portside to have a learning resource center to call their own. These children need this so much, and I can only imagine the outcome from using this educational facility. Kudos to all the compassionate people who made this happen.

Anonymous said...

The world is full of people with good intentions. The world is less full of people that blaze trails through their actions.

Every person and business partner that you mentioned has shown over and over that they are truly dedicated to improving life for others. This is an incredible event that could only have happened through the combined efforts of uniquley wonderful peeps!

Peace,

T-Cubed

Anonymous said...

Once again our group of learning leaders show that its about touching the lives of others. I am blessed to be in the company of pioneers who are leading the way to a better tomorrow...you are all heros in my book!

Tracy Ruark

Sherrie Rabe said...

Congratulations to everyone who made this happen. What a dream come true. I know the children will benefit for years to come.

JJ Brown said...

This is not a surprise really. Chets Creek is made up of some of the most creative and giving people that I have ever met. I am so pleased that the children in that community will benefit for years to come. We are so fortunate to have such amazing business partners that are always willing to lend a hand in fulfilling the dream.