Greentrike OSTI kicked off spring Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) programming on January 10, 2022. The spring semester marks the second semester for ELO programming at Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) and the start of ELO programming for University Place School District (UPSD).
Over 35 ELO providers are hosting sessions at sites across TPS and UPSD. Sessions for UPSD are completely full, and most sessions for TPS are at or near capacity. The response from the community is amazing, and it is clear that there is a large demand for enrichment programming before and after school.
ELO from the first weeks of the spring semester
The first ELO session at the Mustang Center in University Place primary school featured ELO providers Vision Step and Fear No Number. These providers enjoyed building community and getting to know the 25 students of diverse backgrounds who attended the first ELO session. One of the goals of Greentrike OSTI is to focus on equity to ensure that students receive the resources and support they need to be successful.
Students had a blast planting seeds and learning how to nurture their soon to be sprouting friends. The ELO microgreens teaches students the value of growing from the seed up.
Students explored Mexican folk culture through dance with this active ELO session. Ballet Folklórico invites students to learn traditional Mexican dances centered around regional cultures fused with ballet aesthetics.
Students at Delong Elementary School learned about fashion design in this ELO session. Idris Joyce founded Krownless Kings to teach and inspire students. Each session explores different activities to spark creativity and help students find their passion.
Students at the Eagle Center at Evergreen Primary school attended the Snapology ELO session. Snapology believes that children are meant to learn through play. Their session included hands on learning activities students’ imaginations flourish.