Spring Break Academy with City Year!

The Supah Ninjas, City Year Style!

Instead of sleeping in until noon every day or lounging around a Seattle beach, a group of elementary students at Roxhill Elementary School chose to continue their learning with City Year Seattle corps members during their spring break. Corps members, sensitive to the fact that it was spring break, creatively taught math, English and writing, and science through a series of fun games and workshops. Students practiced math with pizza fractions, wrote stories, and participated in science games such as an epic Fantastic Voyage to learn the different organs in the body.

Excited for Pizza Problems
Speaking of epic, every day there was a kickball game at recess. City Year program manager Dawn Jackowski – a woman who is generally all business – even joined in the fun. Students also participated in team building workshops, playing games to strengthen relationships with their corps members.

City Year Corps Member and Student

The games were often set to live piano music, compliments of a certain unusually handsome corps member who just happens to be writing this blog post. For the end of the week, corps members planned a Measurement of Student Progress (or MSP) test prep scavenger hunt, with practice problems that students can expect to see on their MSP standardized test. As a grand finale, corps members planned a party that included cupcakes, cookies, candy and dancing to celebrate their week of learning.

View our slideshow for more photos of an amazing, fun-filled week!

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Text by Will Smith, City Year Seattle/King County corps member at the JPMorgan Chase Whole School, Whole Child Team at Roxhill Elementary School
Photos by Dawn Jackowski, City Year Seattle/King County Program Manager at Roxhill Elementary School and Asa Mercer Middle School

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