SPRING BREAK IN AFRICATOWN PROMISES PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES, EDUCATION, AND FUN FOR STUDENTS.

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SPRING BREAK IN AFRICATOWN PROMISES PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES, EDUCATION AND FUN FOR STUDENTS



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Spring Break is the time of year when people leave town, take a breather from school and prepare for the transition of seasons.  As Africatown continues to prepare the transition of community, connecting history with the present and the future, Spring Break is christened with a renewed meaning and purpose dedicated to our young people.  “We want our children and youth to not only be exposed to their regular school education, but one about themselves – their culture”, says Dr. Marcia Arunga, a senior member of The Africatown Education Committee, which oversees the week-long Africatown Culturally Enriched Day Program for Spring Break, beginning Monday April 8.

The program, offered by The Africatown Center for Education and Innovation, is designed to provide an educational enhancement for youth during spring break and includes an experience that will increase knowledge in the disciplines of mathematics, geography, reading/grammar, science, history, financial literacy, art and civic responsibility.  “This is a great program,'' explains Dr. Arunga. “We have great educators, professionals and community members who have invaluable knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to share.” The team of teachers and coaches includes the likes of an electrical engineer, a science teacher, a real estate broker, college professors, spoken word artists with visiting lecturers and presenters.  The visiting faculty include Black medical doctors, business entrepreneurs, college prep specialists, more faculty of higher education and more people who are donating their time, generously and enthusiastically to enrich the minds and lives of our young people. The safe and secure environment will take place at The Africatown Center for Education and Innovation, where lunch will be provided for participants.  

“This is a pilot program – we want this to continue, with the support and involvement from our youth, parents and the wider community of Africatown”, says Dr. Arunga.  “If we do not teach the youth about their greatness and ability – no one will. Our goal is to instill in our children, an increased sense of self-confidence, ability to learn and take hold of their personal preparation and growth for their (and our) future.”  Dr. Arunga and the staff, desire the students to ‘graduate’ from the week-long program and return to their respective schools with a renewed sense of purpose and self-confidence to rise to the challenges of education, society and their personal lives, with an advanced sense of awareness.

The Africatown Spring Youth Program has a limit of 25 students for enrollment, which is free.  Students are expected to arrive on time as the program begins promptly, each day at 8am at The Africatown Center for Education and Innovation (3100 S. Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98108).  The program is open to all applicants, with 25 being selected on a first-come-first-served basis. To register, sign up online.
 

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