Rise & Shine
The research is clear engagement and relationship building help students foster a mindset of success. Students engage with a caring and charismatic adult to get their bodies and minds working to start the day. Students have “voice and choice” in the activities, which come from six different learning strands: STEM, Literacy, Health & Wellness, Languages, Citizenship and the Visual and Performing Arts. Volunteers, parents, community partners, and EECS staff are the people who create the relationships within our school community that make R & S successful.
Choice + Relationships + Engagement = Success!
The ACLU, in its report, We Belong Here: Eliminating Inequity in Education for Immigrants and Students of Color in Maine, recognized East End’s Rise and Shine program for closing the opportunity gap:
“[Rise & Shine is an] example of how student empowerment in general can serve to improve equity, and how a school identified a structural obstacle to student success and worked not only to remove that obstacle but to transform it into an asset.”