Roxhill & City Year Welcome Attorney General Rob Mckenna

Attorney General Mckenna was greeted by Roxhill Elementary students, Principal Carmela Dellino and City Year.

On January 31st, Washington State Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Rob Mckenna showed his dedication to education and service by spending his afternoon visiting Roxhill Elementary School and the City Year JPMorgan Chase Team. Attorney General Mckenna was greeted at the doors by very excited Roxhill students who have been mentored and tutored by City Year corps members. Roxhill Principal, Carmela Dellino, and City Year corps member, Ruchi Bagrodia, gave the Attorney General a tour of Roxhill Elementary and spent time in a classroom that demonstrated how teachers, students and City Year corps members work together to generate academic success.

Following the tour of the school, Attorney General Mckenna was invited to a discussion about the partnership between Roxhill and City Year. The students shared how they have been impacted by City Year interventions and Principal Dellino described City Year’s positive influence on school climate and academic gains.

Thank you for visiting with Roxhill and City Year, Washington State Attorney General Rob Mckenna!

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City Year helps to bring Hunger Awareness to Roxhill Elementary!

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“Help stop hunger in this world because even a little person can make a big difference. It makes people happy!” – Leslie*, 4th grade at Roxhill Elementary. In honor of November’s Hunger Awareness month, City Year corps members on the JPMorgan Chase Team … Continue reading

Corps Member Highlight

Ruchi Bagrodia came to City Year from Calcutta, India by way of Austin, Texas. This past year Ruchi Studied Biology and Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin. She now proudly serves at Roxhill Elementary in the 4th grade. During her year of service, Ruchi says that she looks forward to, “sharing my passion for learning with young students and transforming the idea of school in their eyes so that it is seen as a positive and inspirational place.”

Why do you serve? 

As a young adult having attended an accredited university, I feel privileged to have been offered the many opportunities which have led me to where I am today. However, this is certainly not the case for much of our society’s youth. There is no doubt in my mind that every child has the potential to learn and develop into a bright individual. I want to bring out that potential in each and every student in the classroom and most importantly, have them realize it. Learning has always been a passion of mine, and so I hope to make school a positive and nurturing experience for others as well. I believe a proper education can provide a child with opportunities for a successful future. Therefore, I serve in order to be a part of this change towards a more educated, successful, and equal society.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from being a new corps member?

I have learned that having a positive attitude and providing support for one another can certainly change an entire day’s performance.  It is important to have an open mind when working with such a diverse group of individuals; and by just being there every day, ready to engage others with compassion and respect, the team is already set up for a successful journey ahead.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I am looking forward to building close relationships with my team members as we work together to keep students at Roxhill Elementary School on track towards a successful academic future. I am also looking forward to seeing my students grow as individuals throughout the year. I know the people I work with this year will not only challenge me, but also teach me more about myself than I ever knew before.

What is the City Year morning program at Roxhill Elementary School?

Every morning before school starts, the Roxhill City Year team leads Homework Club for about a half hour. Every Corps Member sits at a different table around the cafeteria to join each of the six different grade levels, K to 5th grade.

Many of the students are not able, or may not be motivated, to complete their assigned homework the night before, so this is a perfect time to get that work done before class begins. If students do not have homework to work on, Corps Members engage them in reading a book or practicing math problems.

On Mondays, we have recently implemented “Learning Monday Fundays,” in which students get to participate in fun educational games and activities. Overall, Homework Club is a fun and productive way to start off each day!

Welcome 2011-2012 Corps Members!

2011-2012 corps members participate in team building exercises in preparation for their service as tutors, mentors and role models in Seattle schools.

City Year Seattle/ King County would like to officially welcome our 2011 – 2012 corps!

Each year the corps grows stronger and the City Year Seattle/King County 2011-2012 corps is certainly no exception. Our new corps clearly demonstrates the continued momentum felt throughout the 21 national and two international City Year sites. Their enthusiasm and experience will help to empower their service through the duration of the year as mentors and tutors in six of Seattle’s public schools. This year’s partner schools include Aki Kurose Middle School, Dearborn Park Elementary School, Denny International Middle School, Roxhill Elementary School, West Seattle High School and Wing Luke Elementary School.

These corps members can't wait to serve Seattle students!

Our corps’ backgrounds are diverse, hailing from 27 states in all! They are tied by the commonality of extensive volunteer experience and a commitment to service. Made up of seven recent high school graduates and 46 college graduates, this year’s corps includes individuals with teaching experience, first generation college graduates, ACLU national award recipients, ultimate frisbee national champions and an elected official!

In the 2011-2012 academic year, corps members will impact the whole school population of our six partner schools (over 3,500 students), provide classroom support for over 600 students, and spend at least 2.5 hours of one-on-one tutoring with over 300 students who are highly at risk of dropping out of school. Within our focus groups of students, we expect at least 50% will improve their academic performance with the help of a City Year corps member. With such a diverse, motivated and hardworking corps, we are already on track towards meeting our ambitious goals this year.

Welcome, City Year Seattle/King County 2011 – 2012 corps, we can’t wait to see the impact you’ll make in the lives of Seattle students!

*Text by Senior Corps Member Denise Rene Taylor