This past Thursday, RIOT attended it's 11th FAMEfest event and we must say, it was one of the most fun events we've taken part in thus far! The theme this month was "Dog Days of Summer" and celebrated everything doggie from dog products, art and merchandise, dog rescues, and even doggie dating! Chris Carr, one of RIOT's founding partner's brought along his four-legged friend, Lupe, to partake in the festivities. Lupe loved sporting her RIOT bandana which drew large crowds to the RIOT booth. Thanks to our mascot, we had a successful evening raising money for next year's student scholarship recipient. If you have not yet checked out a FAMEfest event, you are missing out! They take place on the first Thursday of every month so mark your calendars now! Summer is here so attend a FAMEfest event to get discounted RIOT gear!
A big thank you to all those that helped support RIOT's November Teacher Grant! The 4th grade students at KIPP Raices Academy had a great time at UCLA's "I'm Going to College" fair where they learned about the college life and the application process! They were also able to witness the Bruins defeat the University of Colorado! Below is a video that we hope brings a smile to your face because your generosity certainly brought one to these kids' faces!
The RIOT team and the students from Aspire Millsmont Academy of Oakland would like to extend a big "THANK YOU" to all those who helped fund the activities offered in their after-school program by purchasing a shirt during September! Please see below for more information about this project and view some images of the students it reached!
September’s Project- “Design our Future”
Last month, we were proud to work with Aspire Millsmont Academy of Oakland and fund their afterschool Fashion Club. The club supports kinders to 5th graders which were able to participate in exciting fashion design projects that kept students engaged in positive after-school activities. September’s project, “Design our Future”, funded these amazing student projects: decorating hats, pants, shirts, and more to be modeled in the culminating fashion show. Project funds went directly to a red carpet and spotlight, project art supplies, and a DJ.
We see the undeniable research that shows after-schools programs greatly prevent delinquency. More than that, they provide students with positive environments that boost self-confidence, increase time with role models and supply leadership opportunities. Unfortunately there are nearly 3,000 schools in low-income communities that do not have after school programs (www.fightcrime.org). From September 3rd – October 3rd the R.I.O.T. team sold close to 50 shirts to raise funds for Aspire Millsmont Academy’s Fashion Club. We are incredibly proud of their work and their investments in the lives of students in Oakland and support them all the way.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video from our most recent photoshoot!
The RIOT team was at Long Beach Funk Fest this past weekend where we raised nearly $400 for our Student Scholarship Program! Thanks to eveyone who came out and supported the cause! Becuase of your generous support, we are one step closer to helping students from Simon Tech Academy reach their dream of being the first in their family to attend college!
A million thanks to all those who purchased a teacher grant shirt in May and helped send these awesome 1st graders from Sandra Cisneros Elementary School to the Aquarium of the Pacific! We were able to raise over $200 which helped pay for 28 students' admission fees! As you can tell from the pictures, the students had an AMAZING time and are extremely grateful for all your generosity!
This past weekend, RIOT shot the first of a series of photo shoots which will take place on local college campuses. The first college campus we selected to kick off this series was California State University Long Beach. The RIOT team was accompanied by friends, family, colleagues, and students, all of whom made this a very fun experience. Over the summer, we will select three more campuses to take photos at. The purpose of this project is to collect new media for our website that we will be rebuilding this summer! Needless to say, the RIOT team will be busy during our summer break in order to fund more teacher grants, offer more social justice curriculum, and help get more students for low-income communities into college. We will be posting more photos soon.
Check out the video below to learn more about RIOT's May Teacher Grant project. Please share this video with friends to help spread the word. Also, please visit our store to purchase a shirt and help send a student to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach! Thanks so much for your support!
Title: “Rise Above”
Location: Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy (Camino Nuevo Charter Academy), Echo Park, Los Angeles CA
Demographics: 88% Latino, 12% multiple ethnicities, 94% Socioeconomically Disadvantaged, 100% of students receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch, 60% English Language Learners
Students Age group: 6-7 years old
How many students will benefit from the Project: 27+
Project Description: The first grade students at Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy have been investigating and experimenting with ecosystems this year during science instruction. Students have conducted inquiry-based experiments such as constructing terrariums and aquariums to understand the complexity of the interconnectivity of organisms in an ecosystem. As a culminating lesson students will be visiting the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific to observe various marine ecosystems and the fascinating creatures that inhabit them. Ms. Mendoza has been fundraising throughout the entire year and has raised enough money to pay for the buses for the trip. The area of assistance that students at Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy need is funding to pay the admission fees for the aquarium ($7.50 per student). While the fees may seem minimal, the cost of admission could be a significant financial barrier to students that are socioeconomically disadvantaged (94% of the student population). To support students’ science learning opportunities the RIOT team will donate funds from this month’s teacher grant shirt “Rise Above” to cover the cost of admission for as many students as possible.
Benefit for Students: By taking the students to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific the students will be provided with experiential and kinesthetic learning opportunities that support first grade science standards as well as fostering moments of scientific intrigue. This learning opportunity is a culminating activity to an ecosystem unit. Additionally, many of the students have never been to a museum or an aquarium, and these real life-learning experiences will leave a long-lasting impact on the students’ affinities towards science.
Science Standards covered on the field lesson include:
1.2.a. Students know different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
1.2.c. Students know animals eat plants or other animals for food and may also use plants or even other animals for shelter and nesting.
RIOT Funding: We will be providing a minimum of $200.00 to help fund the cost of admission for at least 27 students.
Inspiration Behind Design: Scientific thinking is crucial for youth because this skill is founded in critical analysis, a tool necessary to identify oppression and cause change. This critical skill set needs to be reinforced in students constantly, and science classes are a perfect space to accomplish this. Many students in Los Angeles' lower socioeconomic communities are underperforming in science, and the RIOT team believes this underperformance is cause by a lack of resources and inspirational learning experiences. In Los Angeles Unified School District, around 30% of 5th grade socioeconomically disadvantaged students performed at proficient level on the Life Science 2011-2012 STAR test. Even worse was was the performance of 8th and 10th grade students with less than 20% scoring proficient (www.cde.ca.gov). Sadly, a similar trend is seen with English Language Learners in Los Angeles. Less than 20% of 5th grade ELL students scored proficient or advanced in the STAR test for Life Science, and again this performance data showed a decrease to less than 10% of these students in 10th grade scoring proficient or advanced (www.cde.ca.gov). These dismal numbers were the creative spark for this month's "Rise Above" design.
From both socioeconomic and language proficiency level perspectives, students at Sandra Cisneros Learning Academy will face multiple barriers to achieving in science. The RIOT team believes that given the right moments of inspiration and the necessary resources, like a stimulating field trip and laboratory experiences, students can be empowered to collectively soar above barriers preventing them from achieving. An additional benefit of supporting science courses for students in underperforming communities is the development of the critical lenses needed to recognize inequity and move beyond the impediments to success. We have represented this concept with a school of flying fish rising above and excelling past any obstacles in their path. Help us give these 1st grade students the skills, resources, lenses, and motivation needed to take flight above the social structures in their way.
This goes out to all the supporters who helped us raise the funds for March's teacher grant project! Thank you!
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