Unreasonable Kids College Founder Ateba Whitaker, Recipient of the UPLIFT Award:

Scholars Advance Program Contribution to the Norfolk Public School Community
NORFOLK, Va. - Oct. 6, 2021 - PRLog -- Unreasonable Kids College Founder Ateba Whitaker is the recipient of the 2021 UPLIFT (Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship, Teamwork) Award for her contribution and service to the Norfolk community with the Scholars Advance Program. The Scholars Advance Program, part of Unreasonable Kids College's programming, provides needed support to students living in low socio-economic neighborhoods struggling in core subjects like reading and math, has been selected as one of the UPLIFT Awards winners.

In 2021 in response to Covid-19, Unreasonable Kids College won a 100K grant from Outschool to fund the Scholars Advance Program, giving 267 Norfolk Public School students from Larrymore Elementary and Richard Bowling Elementary an opportunity to take two online courses in math and reading. The 10-week tutoring sessions in a Lego play and social learning format helping students better understand complex concepts that inhibit them from passing the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). Students also received wireless headphones, backdrops for the online course, along with materials and supplies for free. The Scholars Advance Program ran from February to April 2021 and ended with a positive impact.

Positive Impact Statements:

Looking at the data and the excitement that our students have exhibited while being fully engaged in their lessons on the virtual platform has been mind-blowing and eye-opening to the possibilities of learning on a virtual platform. Mrs. Whitaker and her Scholar Advance team of teachers did an amazing job planning and preparing engaging lessons that encouraged our students to believe in themselves, which helped build their confidence in Reading and Math.  ~ Audrey Williams, Assistant Principal of Larrymore Elementary

The Scholars Advance program has been a wonderful opportunity for our students to stay engaged through this challenging time. Our students have shown growth in the data and would like to take additional classes if offered. Thank you to Mrs. Whitaker and her team for this amazing opportunity. ~ David Faircloth, Principal of Larrymore Elementary

Thank you for this opportunity that gave our Scholars Advance program much-needed academic support in reading and math. We will be forever grateful.
~ Eric Goodman, Principal of Richard Bowling Elementary

The Scholars Advance Program focuses on UN SDG 4: Quality Education (https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal4) to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education to inspire students living in low socio-economic communities to become lifelong learners. To learn more about the Scholars Advance Program, visit https://unreasonablekidscollege.org/scholars-advance-program.
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