Jim Wikander and Sharron Bryan represented South Riverside Kiwanis at a school year-end ceremony at Buckman Elementary School for the BUG (Bringing Up Grades) program. There were 25 kids recognized for measurable improvement in their reading skills. The final analysis of the scoring was not in, but there had been an overall increase in the national testing scores. The teachers and tutors felt the BUG program was of help in bring fun and inspiration to the process.
The kids were awarded with certificates, as well as pizza and ice cream and their choice of a chapter book to take home…all furnished by SRK.
Jim and Sharron will be meeting with Diane Meisenhelter, the SUN coordinator at Buckman, to reflect, garner her feedback and build a plan for next year .
Update: July 2014: (as reported by Reporter Jim Wikander)
Jim Wikander, Vicki Pace and club President Sharron Bryan met with Diane Meisenhelter, SUN Coordinator, to discuss the Kiwanis BUG program and other ways South Riverside Kiwanis might support the Buckman Community through Buckman School initiatives.
The BUG program got a late start last year but Diane felt it was very successful and credits the program for the overall improvement in student testing scores in the Oaks Testing now applied to evaluate Portland students. They had a couple of students that actually tested at a 2-grade improvement over the previous test. Other moderate increases were still impressive, given the level at which the students started. As a result of the testing, Buckman students are categorized as meeting (the criteria) for common course standards, slightly below, moderately below and Red alert below (these are not their actual category labels). The staff has established the Cranium Club, with about 90 students each term (referred to also as the Homework Club – to avoid any stigma associated with being a ‘Special’ ed class). The lower three of the categories falling under the standard are a part of the Cranium Club. Those in the Red Alert group are tutored one on one three times each week.
The BUG program is a tool used to motivate and inspire all of the groups. For this past year South Riverside provided money for an end of year Pizza Party, where certificates and books were presented to 17 students who achieved significant improvement.
We were looking for reward suggestions to increase the positive impact of the Bug program for next year. The list that we came up with:
- End of Year bowling party w/pizza or maybe Put-Put golf incentives during the year – perhaps quarterly with Regal Movie Tickets, or Movie Madness coupons
- Incentives during the year – perhaps quarterly with Regal Movie Tickets, or Movie Madness coupons
- Stamps with Bugs from the Bug program to stamp Homework completed successfully
- Penny Arcade coupons.
- Anything related to art (sketch books, colored pencils.
Vick Pace discussed her vast inventory of some 600 items that she accumulated for another Kiwanis project (White Shield Home). These are items gathered as gifts for teen age children. After looking over the inventory, it was determined that they could be utilized to a great benefit for students and as working tools for the staff (pencils, pads, etc.)
We spent some time brain-storming how South Riverside could be involved in “fun” things that would bring students and their families together in a Buckman presentation. It was recognized that we covered a lot of territory at this first meeting. After further research we will meet again.