RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching) is actively preparing for the upcoming back to school rush. More than 120 interns from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC US) recently dedicated an entire day at RAFT to assemble hands-on learning activities and to spruce up the nonprofit’s San Jose Resource Center for its busiest weekend of the year.
In one day, the 124 PwC volunteers built enough educational activities to help teach math and science to 13,600 students. These activities included the Binary Dot game which helps students understand the internal processes of computers, Gravity Defying Frog which teaches kids about center of mass, and the Tongue Depressor Harmonica which is all about sound waves. Thanks to volunteers who assembled the kits, educators can enjoy the convenience of having ready-to-go activities that can be adapted for students in different grade levels and with different abilities.
“Since RAFT provides affordably priced kits aligned to standards with essential questions already embedded, I can focus on how I will take the materials and use them in a way that meets the needs of all of my students,” says Campbell Middle School teacher, Lindsey Blass who uses RAFT hands-on activities in her classroom to help students connect lessons to real life.
PwC volunteers also rolled up their sleeves on one of the hottest days of the year to make RAFT more inviting for educators who will be at the RAFT Back to School Event the weekend of August 3-4. The 124 volunteers repainted RAFT’s exterior, painted barrels that will be filled with supplies, finished picnic tables, and even beautified the garden.
“We started RAFT nearly 20 years ago to support teachers in their critical efforts to educate and inspire students,” says RAFT Founder and Executive Director, Mary Simon. “RAFT continues evolving to meet educator needs thanks to partners like PwC who give so generously of their time and resources.”
The collaboration with RAFT was part of PwC’s Earn Your Future initiative focused on financial literacy among youth and training opportunities for educators. “We recognize the value RAFT brings to teachers and students and look forward to reaching wider audiences through our collaborative efforts.” said Jim French, Corporate Responsibility Leader for PwC’s San Jose market.
As part of the Earn Your Future program, PwC will invest $160 million in youth education, impacting more than 2.5 million students and educators in the United States. Over the next five years, PwC will leverage its 35,000 people and its people’s core skillset to improve and develop the financial competency of American youth.
RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching), believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. A nonprofit organization since 1994, RAFT serves 10,000 educators each year that teach over 825,000 students. Find out more about RAFT and how to get involved: www.raft.729solutions.com
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