Members of the Valley Center High School Bowling, Softball, Dance, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s Basketball teams volunteered this week at the YMCA YScholars summer youth literacy program. Formerly known as YSOAR, this five week literacy-intensive program is designed to ensure that all first and second grade campers are reading at or above grade level by third grade, a time when students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” The VCHS athletes made their impact by teaching lessons to the YScholars students about the fundamental skills required of each sport and speaking with the students about the importance of problem solving, positive attitude, practice, and grit.
While the program focuses on literature in the morning, afternoons are filled with physical education, nutritional education, STEM, ART, and character education lessons. Weekly field trips include Barnes and Noble, The Kansas Aviation Museum, and Great Plains Nature Center. The students even complete a community service project with Via Christi Georgetown that involves weekly pen pal correspondence. The program has ties to the district as it was housed at VCHS in 2017, and employs several VCHS staff and alumni.
YScholars, which runs through June 27, is currently in its sixth year and second consecutive year at Caldwell Elementary in Wichita. In the coming weeks, members of VCHS Cheer, Dance, Softball, Football, Bowling, and Volleyball will volunteer time as recreational and enrichment activity mentors. For information on how to become involved in or support the program contact Phillip Van Horn at firstname.lastname@example.org