This partnership is improving social and academic outcomes as well as exposing students to more diverse learning opportunities and to community resources. The partnership with The New South Restaurant Group has created a more positive atmosphere at the school and helped build relationships between the school and the community.
The Obama Magnet Playground Project was initiated in the fall of 2018 when concern was expressed regarding student health, and the condition / safety of existing equipment and play areas at the school.
Students in the program are mentored twice a week for 30 minutes each session. Churches or businesses with flexible employee work schedules are the primary target volunteer groups for ARISE2Read. Mentors serve at the school 1-hour a week and mentor the same two children each week in 30-minute sessions.