Globetrotting Tour Fulfills the PAST&E Goal to Curb Summer Learning Loss for At-Risk Youth
This summer PAST&E spent 8 weeks learning about 8 areas of the world, Yellowstone National Park, Guatemala, Argentina, New Zealand, Ireland, Togo, Nepal and the Philippines. Scholar athletes attended the program 5 days a week, 7 hours a day. One hour each day was devoted to tennis leaving the rest of our day dedicated to a variety of subject areas including life skills, community building, art, biology, news, cultural dances, games, foods & clothing, geography, environment issues and social justice. Our Coach/Tutors leading the activities tailored each for the Chimps in 1-3rd grade, the Elephants in 4-5th grade and the Cheetahs in 6-8th grade. Our last week was spent preparing for our Festival of Nations presentations that teamed up our older scholar athletes as mentors for the younger students. And we also had 30 scholar athletes graduate from the Game, Set and Match levels of First Serve Life Skills Curriculum sponsored by the USTA’s National Junior Tennis & Learning.
Scholar athletes age 8 and up competed with other juniors from across the city in a low-cost sanctioned USTA 10 and Under and Junior Tennis Tournaments hosted at St. Johns Racquet Center, the home of PAST&E. By keeping the cost at 1/3 the average rate of junior tournament fees, our 8 week summer tournament series gave 233 children an opportunity to play in a tournament. And PAST&E’s mission to keep the sport of tennis accessible to our scholar athletes and other low-income families was fulfilled.
In total we served 170 scholar athletes this summer through our Serving Up Success Summer Program. Through our partnership with James John Elementary SUN Community School we served 120 scholar athletes in our Kids Tennis & Reading Clubs. But, at the heart of our program, our 50 year round scholar athletes attended PAST&E for more than 280 program hours. Additionally, outside of program hours our families stayed involved throughout the summer by participating in tournaments and field trips, family meetings and maintaining our PAST&E family garden. And more than 50 dedicated volunteers gave over 1800 hours of volunteer service with PAST&E!
With school already under way we are starting our year round program this week!
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