By Bea Magana, Sullivans Elementary School Public Affairs
(YOKOSUKA, Japan) – Students at The Sullivans School on board Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka , enjoy the rewards of the school’s partnership with parent volunteers.
Preschool students from Kathleen Edwards Sure Start class participated in a Science and Technology enrichment session that expanded their knowledge through a hands-on activity. With parent volunteer Garret Chadek leading the session, students worked cooperatively to build an alligator that could “chomp” its teeth.
Chadek, whose two sons attend Edward’s class, enjoyed the students’ enthusiasm.
“Everybody wanted to have a part in building the alligator,” said Chadek. The alligator, a Lego Robotics project, was put together piece by piece with each student taking turns, as they explored a variety of Science and Technology concepts.
“Getting to see their Lego creation actually move, made it that much better for them,” said Chadek.
Parent volunteers have a wide variety of talents and skills that enhance student learning at The Sullivans School, where the program Joshu, Japanese for teacher assistant, is currently implemented.
Joshu is a program that seeks to enhance student learning with the help of parent volunteers. It places volunteers that provide classroom support, work as one-on-one mentors, and offer targeted enrichment on a regular basis.
“Some of the best moments in classrooms are created by parent volunteers. The children respond to parents with curiosity and warmth. Parent volunteers definitely enrich the classroom environment,” said Edwards.
FLEACT Yokosuka is home to Kinnick High School, Yokosuka Middle School, Ikego Elementary School and The Sullivans Elementary School. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed naval forces, 71 tenant commands, and 26,000 military and civilian personnel. The Sullivans School is the largest school in DoDEA with a student body of approximately 1,250 in grades K-5. DoDEA Pacific’s schools serve nearly 23,000 military-connected children of U.S. Service members and civilian support personnel stationed throughout the Pacific Theater.