LearningWorks wouldn’t be possible without the vision of its founders and the ongoing commitment and generosity from the Blake community. Every year so many families participate—whether through volunteering, providing summer snacks or giving in-kind donations—to ensure our students and teaching fellows are set up for success each summer. 

Summer Snack Support
For five weeks during LearningWorks' summer program, breakfast and lunch is provided at no cost to students. Additionally, through the generosity of Blake families, daily snacks are provided to students as well.   

This summer, we need five families (or groups of families) to commit to provide snacks for one week during LearningWorks’ summer program. If possible, each family would provide a piece of fruit for Fresh Fruit Friday and a snack bar for 100 students each day for five days (100 pieces of fruit and 400 snack bars).

If interested, contact LearningWorks parent liaison (and parent of Kaya ΚΌ30 and Sabiha ΚΌ29) Shannon Kojasoy at shannonkojasoy@gmail.com.

Engage LearningWorks High School Students
As part of our expanded programming for rising ninth graders, we are including a week-long employability skills component. During the last week in July, students will be learning about and practicing skills, such as resume writing and interviewing, to obtain a job. To help students prepare, we are hoping to engage interested community members to be our interviewers during mock interviews at the Northrop campus on Wednesday, July 27 from 10:15am to noon.  Volunteers will be given a series of interview questions and will be asked to write up some Pluses (things the interviewees did well) and Deltas (things that would be even better if…) to help them improve. More information will be provided in June’s e-newsletter.

Colors of the Rainbow Clothing Needed
As you may know, everything we do at LearningWorks is grounded in building community. One of the biggest parts of that community is the friendly competition and spirit that color families bring. As new students and teaching fellows join LearningWorks, they are assigned to one of six color families—red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple—and remain in those families throughout their time with LearningWorks. If you stop by the Northrop campus on Fridays during the summer, you will see those rainbow colors on full display—sometimes in very creative and silly ways. For some of our students and teaching fellows, accessing clothing in the color of their families can be hard to do. For that reason, we are always looking for donations of clothing and other gear that students can wear to show their color fam pride.

To talk more about possible LearningWorks donations or to schedule a pick up or drop off, please contact Executive Director Tricia Crossman at (952) 988-3706.