Concerned Citizen Committee of South Brevard
The Education Committee was established to support students at risk of becoming better students and to help them close the educational gaps especially in reading and math. This committee has focused on three different areas: Mentoring, students’ behavior and what it takes to win as a student.
The 2020 data shows that 64% of at-risk students are one to two levels behind in reading and math. Our mentoring was established to support students at University Park Elementary School and Stone Magnet Middle School. Over the last two years, we have served about 27 students from both schools.
We provide breakfast and lunch for each student, and we encourage them to improve in both math and reading. Educational games are prepared, and students work in groups and sometimes individually. The ability to provide information from a mentor with similar background has produced a special engagement with the students. Oftentimes, mentors will get to know the parents and share educational information with the parents. Because of the Concerned Citizen Committee, we have more parents volunteering as mentors at our schools. Stone’s Mentoring Program has added more than 10 additional mentors who support more than 15 additional students.
We provide each student with a formula on “What it Takes to Win”: Work hard, Study Hard, Respect your teachers and parents, Select the right crowd. This formula is shared at every session with the students. We are beginning to see educational gains in math and reading at University Park and Stone Magnet Middle Schools
Also, The Education Committee is a member of the School Advisory Council: SAC. As SAC members, we provide input to school improvement plan and provide a voice for the parents and students. This committee is a member of Stone Middle School, University Park Elementary School, and Palm Bay Magnet Middle School SAC Teams. We are beginning to see more improvements in academic performances. Because of our participation on the SAC team at UPE, a STEM Lab was added to help our students to become more competitive in the sciences.
Finally, the CCC Education committee attends Brevard Public Schools Board meetings. This will allow us to share our plans and concerns about our students’ educational gaps. And we ensure that a strategic plan is in place to support all students.
A true community rolls up its sleeves to help tackle task that impede its ability to look and be its best.
This photo demonstrates the efforts stated above. A vacant lot on JW Jackson Street was filled with trash. Dedicated members of CCCSB donated their time and resources to clean-up the site and remove the trash from the site and take it directly to the appropriate dump site. It took multiple garbage bags and trips to the landfill, but it was worth it. As the site is now clean and representative of the standards the community desires to see.
Every community experiences property vacancies. Unfortunately, there are times when those vacant properties can become problem properties for their communities.
The CCCSB team reached out to the owner of the property on the corner of Juniper Lane and Lipscomb Street, along with city staff, to address the condition of the property. After sharing with the City of Melbourne staff concerns about the condition of the vacant property the city responded to those expressed concerns by having a clean-up team show up to the property to clean and board it up.
Each of us is accountable to the other. As what happens on one property can help or hurt the safety of others and impact the values of the properties around it. (Juniper Lane Lipscomb Street Property during clean-up).