We are deeply grateful to Dr Judy Crates, Principal Castro Elementary School for giving us the opportunity to start this program. Thanks to her support and efforts, in Spring 2010 we could bring together third graders and Middle schoolers every Friday afternoon actively engaged and absorbed in math games. Our classroom was buzzing with curious minds, the sound of pencil scratching paper, squeals of laughter, many a puzzled looks but always an engaged audience.
For tremendous logistical and overarching program support at Castro School, thanks to Laurissa Clements and Abby Longcor and the wonderful staff at Beyond the Bells.
Last but not the least, our wonderful, talented and motivated tutors for spending every Friday afternoon volunteering to teach math. We are in awe and deep appreciation of all our tutors who took the time and effort to volunteer when they could have been hanging out with friends, watching television or playing video games. Thank You ! Thank You !
Dr Judy Crates, Principal Castro School says:
"Buddies4Math offers Castro at-risk students the opportunity to experience math as a recreational activity, not just a class at school. Dedicated volunteers from local middle and high schools work in small group activities in math concepts and applications with third and fourth graders every Friday afternoon. Our students look forward to the session and it's amazing to see how excited and engaged they are in math. Not only has the program changed student's attitudes and improved their confidence about math, but their math achievement on state tests has also improved. Our Latino students gained 64 points on the API last year, contributing to a 43 point gain for the school."
Dr Judy Crates, Principal Castro School.