There will be no summer brain drain for nearly 300 students at P.B. Young, Sr., Elementary School, thanks to an eight-week academic enrichment program paid for with a $150,000 donation by Joan and Macon Brock in partnership with United for Children, the United Way of South Hampton Roads, EVMS, the City of Norfolk, Trinity Presbyterian Church and many others, including local arts organizations and WHRO.
P.B. Young Principal Alana Balthazar said about 75 percent of her school’s children are attending the summer program five days a week through August 16. The program is free to the children and their families. Students receive hands-on literacy and math academic lessons each morning, Monday through Thursday. Many of the teachers are P.B. Young faculty members.
“The staff dreamed this program,” Dr. Balthazar said, “so they’re working their vision.”
In the afternoons, children participate in guided enrichment activities such as creative dance, tennis, flag football, arts and crafts, and an entrepreneur program for fourth- and fifth-graders provided by M.H. West & Co., Inc., a Richmond-based management and education consulting firm. On Fridays, students are invited to participate in “Friday Fun Days,” organized by volunteers from Trinity Presbyterian Church, with such organizations as the Virginia Symphony, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Rhythm Project, Virginia Stage Company, WHRO, ODU and NSU leading the activities. (more…)