“ BRICK Academy breaks the cycle of poverty in Newark’s South Ward by managing and turning around low-performing public elementary and middle schools.”
Since BRICK assumed management of its first K-8 school—Avon Academy— in 2010, student achievement has improved dramatically, doubling and even tripling performance in some grades in three years. On the strength of this progress, BRICK assumed management of a second K-8 South Ward district school, Peshine Elementary, in 2012. BRICK plans to add 1-2 additional schools in the next three years.
North Branch Reformed Church helps support the good work of BRICK Academy through different missions. In January, there is a Book Drive at the Preschool Book Fair and in August we have our Backpack Project. Many children in need start the school year with no supplies so North Branch donates filled backpacks for children at Brick Academy. Parents and children gather each year to fill the backpacks with donated items that are then delivered the school. These items enable the children to start the school year prepared to succeed.
Donation of backpack items needed:
- pocket folders
- child scissors
- hand sanitizer
- glue sticks
- pencil sharpeners
- durable homework folders
- non-spiral hard cover composition notebooks
This year we stuffed 110 backpacks!
Needed to participate: 1 hour on a Sunday in August to fill the backpack.
“The best part of the backpack project was its multigenerational nature. My kids (along with many other families) shopped for school supplies and put together the backpacks. Even the youngest children were able to experience this simple act of service. We’re never too young to appreciate our blessings and share with those in need.” ~ Denel B.