Karla Thayer, Education Specialist at the Putnam Museum, recently visited Eisenhower Elementary’s Stepping Stones program to provide an engaging science enrichment to students. Ms. Thayer brought hissing cockroaches (native to Madagascar) for students to see. Students learned a great deal about these interesting insects, discussing everything from the rainforest habitat of Madagascar to the anatomy of the insect’s head, thorax, and abdomen. It was a fun lesson where students received some after-school learning in science, geography, and even a visual art activity. Enjoy the photos!
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Greg Wolf, Education Director at the Quad City Botanical Center, recently visited Wilson Elementary’s Stepping Stones program to provide a fun and educational science enrichment to students. During the visit, students learned about the biology of worms (specifically their sensitivity to daylight) and embarked on a scavenger hunt related to the process of “vermicomposting,” or using worms to aid in creating compost. Enjoy the photos!
Registration for 2016-17 Stepping Stones afterschool programs is now open!
Registration can be done in person at the Stepping Stones Office located at 318 E. 7th Street Davenport, Iowa, office hours are 7:30AM – 4:00PM Monday – Friday. Forms are available online here, or at the Stepping Stones office. New forms must be completed each year. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Please call if you have any questions, 563-528-0973. We offer the Stepping Stones program at the following schools for the 2016-17 school year: Adams, Buchanan, Eisenhower, Fillmore, Garfield, Harrison, Hayes, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, McKinley, Monroe, Truman, Washington, and Wilson Elementary Schools. Please inquire for fees.
Please enjoy the following video, as Stepping Stones staff members take time to reflect on the program, its impact on students, and what each of them learn while working with students:
Stepping Stones students visited Youth Fest today, on a pleasant morning where temperatures stayed just below 70 degrees. Youth Fest is an annual event that takes place at Fejervary Park and is organized by the City of Davenport Parks and Recreation Department. Students enjoyed the fun and educational event, engaging in art and music activities, a petting zoo, STEM activities, learning labs, and many other fun stations. Enjoy today’s photo gallery!
Registration for 2015-16 Stepping Stones after school programs opens on Monday July 6th, 2015.
All forms are available in the Stepping Stones office at 318 E 7th Street Davenport, Iowa or on this part of our web site. In order to register, all registration paperwork, a $25 registration fee, and one month prepayment is required. Stepping Stones does accept 3rd party payment, notice of decision must be provided in order to be considered registered, families are still responsible for the $25 registration fee. Please call the office at 563-528-0973 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions. The Stepping Stones office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30AM – 4:00pm.
Amie Rogers, local artist and Augustana College graduate, has been serving as an AmeriCorps service member with the Stepping Stones program since August. She provides art enrichment to Stepping Stones youth, teaching students about design elements and art principles, while exploring different materials, media, and techniques. Shaney Ford, Stepping Stones Manager, says, “Art experiences have always been an important part of Out of School Time Programs. They give youth an opportunity to learn skills, practice techniques, experiment, and talk about their work, in a safe environment with caring adults. We do things in Stepping Stones that most of us never got to do at home, because we didn’t have the right materials – or it just made too much of a mess!” Jennifer Best, Stepping Stones evaluator says, “Research shows that participation in art gives youth an opportunity to express feelings, nurture self-efficacy, and encourage engagement with the community. It has also been linked to greater academic success.” Stepping Stones thanks Amie Rogers in her service to Stepping Stones during the 2014-2015 school year!
Stepping Stones staff have extensive training. All staff receive a standardized orientation, complete with training videos upon employment. At the beginning of each school year, staff engage in 20 hours of professional development, and during the school year, staff participate in an additional 12 hours of professional development. Prior to the summer session, staff receive 20 hours of training. In addition, all staff members are required to be certified Iowa Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter. Working together is a key part of a successful Out of School Time Program. At our most recent training, Stepping Stones staff completed a group exercise to practice these skills.
Ana Ito, enrichment instructor from Davenport Parks and Recreation, is continuing to provide a Japanese culture and language program during the 2014-15 school year at various Stepping Stones sites across Davenport. We caught up with her recently at McKinley Elementary, where students were learning to speak basic words and sentences, and also how to sing two songs in Japanese. Check out the photos!
On Wednesday November 5th, 2014, Megan Gilbert from the Pick a Better Snack Program stopped by Stepping Stones at Garfield Elementary to facilitate a really fun enrichment activity. Students worked with Megan to create homemade granola energy bars that consisted of oats, peanut butter, raisins, flaxseed, honey, and vanilla. Everyone involved had a fun time mixing ingredients and enjoying the snack, and there was even a little bit of mathematics integration going on during the activity. Nice going, students!