This year, students were very active in Junior Achievement (JA). The purpose of JA, was to teach the students about our community, region, and nation. Students learned about important resources that come together to help our community work smoothly. After each lesson, students were given an interactive activity so that they can get a better understanding of the new skill(s) that they learned. One activity the students enjoyed most involved becoming an entrepreneur and using your money wisely to have a successful business. This activity gave the students a taste of what business owners/entrepreneurs are faced with on a daily basis when it comes to making sure they have enough supplies.
During afterschool, we’ve noticed that children seem to be very curious and love to ask questions about a lot of different things so our staff decided to introduced students to a website called Wonderopolis. Wonderopolis was designed to bring wonder and learning together. Every Monday and Wednesday our students had to come up with one thing they wondered about whether it would be “Who invented play dough?” or “Why is seven considered a lucky number?” After doing a little research on the site we would have each student present. We found that having the student present to the class helped them with overcoming the fear of public speaking.
The children at Kinston Promise Learning Center looked forward to coming in and looking up all kinds of interesting things.
Students also completed the 4H program presented by the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension. This program helped students to build certain character traits and positive motives. This program involved interactive activities, that included teamwork and lots of cooperation. Students looked forward to working with Ms. Velvet each Wednesday, and completing different activities that helped them to work with each other a lot better. Students really enjoyed the cotton ball activity, in which they were given several cotton balls and were told to give them to a person who may not be having a good day. This activity taught the children that a small gesture goes a long way.