Tapestry Program gets $1 million grant
By Josh O’Gorman
An after-school and summer program will continue to provide tutorial services to local students, thanks to a $1.08 million grant from the state.
The state Agency of Education has awarded the Tapestry Program of Rutland County a five-year grant, worth $216,000 annually, to link academically struggling students with licensed teachers. The goal is to help all children become proficient in their scholastic abilities.
The tutorial program is known as the “Academy” and is available to elementary and middle school students in Rutland City, West Rutland and Proctor. Students are referred to the program by the schools, based upon their standardized testing results, grades and teacher referrals.
Once in the Academy, the students are matched with a licensed teacher, and, in student groups no larger than four, the teacher helps struggling students catch up academically. About 90 percent of the tutors are teachers or para-educators from area schools.
The Academy is just one of the programs offered by Tapestry throughout the year.
“The idea of Tapestry is we are weaving together all of these resources in the area,” said Deb Hathaway, Tapestry’s executive director.
The Academy runs throughout the school year, as well as six weeks during the summer. It is one of the programs offered by Tapestry, which this summer is serving 730 children — 138 of whom are in middle school — though its Academy and summer programs. The summer program helps children get out of the city by taking them on field trips to state parks for
hiking and swimming.
This fall, Tapestry will offer a new program called “WOW”, which stands for “World on Wheels.” The program will link teachers, students and members of the community to explore fields of study related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and global studies, linking local issues and events to the world at large.
The idea is that a W.O.W. program will begin at one of the Tapestry locations — elementary and intermediate schools in Proctor, Rutland Town, Rutland City and West Rutland — and then move on to another.
Tapestry is filling a need in the community to provide healthy and educational programs for local youth throughout the school year, Hathaway said.
“The bottom line for me is, it’s all about the kids,” Hathaway said. “Without these programs, where would these 730 kids be this summer?”
For more information about the Tapestry Program, call Hathaway at 786-1935.