Lift serves thirty-six 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students who have been recommended by their teachers as being in need of an extra “lift” in order to show greater academic gains.
Each child in Lift receives approximately 86 days of 2.5-hour intentional afterschool programming which includes literacy instruction, music, structured play, healthy snacks, enrichment activities, and spiritual development.
Lift employs 3 Team Leaders (1 per grade) who are licensed and experienced teachers, an Executive Director/Literacy Specialist, and a Fundraising Coordinator/Academic Interventionist
Lift recruits and trains up to 50+ volunteers from the community which provide 1:1 reading and relationship time every day, for every child.
Lift is in session on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 2:50-5:30. We follow the Eastbrook school calendar, with a few modifications.
Lifting our Kids, Lifting our Community
Our mission is to give students a ‘lift’ in their reading proficiency through intentional and research- based skill instruction, supported reading in highly engaging text, and a modeled love for reading. Lift Team Leaders use direct instruction, guided reading, 1:1 choice reading and literacy activities to increase reading skill and confidence.
WHOLE CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Every part of the Lift day is designed to provide opportunities for each student to be healthy, engaged, supported, and challenged as they grow. This is accomplished through literature, play, healthy snack choices, music, games, art, enrichment, a solid SEL curriculum, and positive relationships with staff and volunteers.
Lift desires that each child will know God and His great love for them. Music, videos, guests, and scripture help Lift staff teach about God’s character in an engaging way. Lift students are connected in an age appropriate manner to the bible and prayer throughout each Lift session. We want our students to gain a clear understanding of the entire gospel story—how all of scripture points to Jesus as the rescuer.