Over one hundred community members gathered at Hope-Hill Elementary School to sign up to make a positive difference. UUCA has been devoted to improving the academic performance of the children in the Old Fourth Ward for over 20 years.
Our UUCA Education Volunteers were well represented in number as well as varieties of involvement. Participants in the Summit included:
- Jane MacGregor, Oreon Mann, Radine Robinson, and Bettye Manson, who work with the Math Club, Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45
- Kathryn Adams, Richard Bergman, Otha Evans and Karen Lindauer, in class teacher helpers during the regular school day 8:00AM-2:30PM
- Barbara Burnham, assisting teachers who stay late on Wednesdays with students who need extra help
- Otha Evans, tutoring and mentoring in the After School Classe program 2:45-5:00PM
Additional UUCA volunteers have already made arrangement to joint us when tutoring starts the week of October third.
A very positive development of the past year is the degree to which our sister schools in the Grady High School cluster have embraced the children of Hope-Hill. Parents from Mary Lin, Morningside, Springdale Park, and Centennial Academy are in the school every week, assisting not only in the classroom, but in the cafeteria and as Grade Level supporters for all kinds of needs as well.
Principal Maureen Wheeler offered brief State of the School remarks. Key points to help place our school in context included:
- Current enrollment is around 341, with this number fluctuating weekly, if not daily
- 100% of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch
- 10% of the students are homeless
While many students enter Hope-Hill one to two grade levels below expected performance, students’ academic growth is higher than 93% of schools in the state and higher than the Atlanta Public School district.
The goal remains to make Hope-Hill the community school of choice in the Old Fourth Ward.