The Foundation has identified five areas of impact, that we believe are critical to helping all students to succeed in school. Those five areas of impact are: Arts Education, Environmental Education, Literacy, Math Science & Technology and Physical Wellness.
The Arts fosters creative learning and helps children to stay connected, active and engaged in school.
Studies of child brain development show that quality arts education is one of only six factors that encourage healthy brain development in children.
Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Dr. Eric Jensen
Providing an opportunity for GRPS students to play an active role in understanding and protecting natural resources.
Fostering literacy and encouraging a love of reading to ensure that all GRPS students have the skills needed to succeed in life.
Children with the lowest reading scores account for 33% of all students, yet they account for 63% of all children who do not graduate from high school. Annie E Casey Foundation
Math Science & Technology
Ensuring that students have the tools they need to meet the tough math and science requirements for success in school and beyond.
Math, Science & Technology is the future of the 21st Century Economy. In 2009, the United States Department of Labor listed the ten most wanted employees. Eight of those employees were ones with degrees in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields: accounting, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information sciences and systems, computer engineering, civil engineering, and economics and finance. According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%.
Providing opportunities to get children active and keep them healthy.
We all want to ensure that GRPS students have the tools they need to learn, but how does a sports program fit in? The Student Advancement Foundation sees sports as another critical tool to help kids become stronger, smarter, and self-assured.