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100 Projects for Peace

Shania Harford ‘17 has been awarded the Davis United World College Scholars 100 Projects for Peace prize

Transformative Summer Reading Academy is a two-month academic enrichment opportunity for elementary school students in Philadelphia

The goal of this academy is to increase students’ reading and writing proficiency levels using a unique culturally relevant curriculum. It is designed to replace 2-month reading loss with 2-month reading gain among disadvantaged Black and Latino students in Philadelphia. This model differs from typical summer schools because of its community building activities, culturally relevant books and discussions, and mixed-age collaboration. TSRA will create a nurturing, humanizing environment that promotes and normalizes reading culture among the young scholars. This academy breaks away from conventional summer school programs to provide an exciting summer full of literacy learning catered to the needs of Black and Latino students. My goal is to increase literacy learning by building a strong reading culture among elementary and high school students. It is imperative that students continue to read even after summer 2016 to prevent reading loss. In order to keep reading culture alive, all of the books, art supplies, and other materials will remain in Thomas M. Peirce elementary school’s resource center where all students will have access. The tutors, rising juniors and seniors, with support from Commissioner Simms, will be able to keep TSRA running in the summer of 2017. The academy can continue under the leadership of experienced tutors.

Shania Harfod '17, excerpt of the project description

100 Projects for Peace an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer. Through a competition on over 85 campuses, 100 projects were selected for funding at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace in the 21st century.

For more information visit the Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis website