written by Katie Auger, Recruitment and Admissions Intern
Usually, City Year powergreets students into school each morning, to start off the morning with enthusiasm and get our kids excited to learn. However, CYSA alums’ and staff’s powergreeting yesterday afternoon at Wheatley Middle School –a two-year City Year partnership school- was hardly necessary to pump up the students. The energy was tangible as the anticipation of the new Spurs, State Farm, and NBA Cares’ Learn & Play Center’s dedication grew.
Because of a grant through NBA Cares, Wheatley Middle School’s primary gymnasium and library received a makeover, complete with Spurs- and Wheatley Lions-themed decorations, books, games and technology. Superstars such as Matt Bonner, David Robinson, Danny Green, David Stern, George “Iceman” Gervin, Coach Popovich and Mayor Julián Castro, all came to show their support and interact with the students.
Marnée Grant, the Program Manager at Wheatley this year, is very excited about the project— what it means for school culture, for the students, and for next year’s City Year team. According to him, the library is the “focal point of the school,” a place for students to study and learn, and a resource for teachers as well. With the additional resources, the library will be even more effective for students and teachers, provide an additional space for City Year tutoring and planning, and hopefully encourage more afterschool programs.
The NBA Cares Learn & Play Center does not come undeserved.
…It’s kind of a reward for the students, because they’ve worked very hard this year to raise their benchmark scores, CBAs and STAAR results… to do better,” says Marnée. “It also brings a sense of community- [it’s] something they took part in, putting effort into the school.
Congratulations Wheatley, THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this possible, and Go Spurs Go!
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