Sky Oaks Elementary School has been awarded an Impact Grant in the amount of $13,100 for its Bounce and Thrive program. The grant is funded through the Education Minnesota Foundation.
Bound and Thrive is a monthly evening program that brings Sky Oaks families together through a variety of activities, such as sharing a meal together, discussing relevant parenting topics and connecting families to resources though 360 Communities, a District 191 partner.
Bounce and Thrive will focus on families “bouncing forward” from where they are and thriving based on new knowledge, skills and community resources. Partners For Success at 360 Communities helps families lay the groundwork for greater educational success and connects them to opportunities on their path to becoming part of a vibrant, inclusive, caring, and thriving community.
Holly Schultz and Brittany Bruns, Sky Oaks school psychologist and social worker, respectively, along with Emily Robison, a family support worker at 360 Communities, were instrumental in securing the grant and are an integral part of the Bounce and Thrive program.
"We are excited to see our families continue to thrive as we connect, grow, and learn to bounce with whatever life brings our way,” said Schultz. “Bounce and Thrive will impact our school family by creating a welcoming environment for all to join in family togetherness."
Bounce and Thrive is designed to promote protective factors and develop resilience in the Sky Oaks school family, as well as within the Burnsville community, which will ultimately impact educational success.
The Education Minnesota Foundation seeks to encourage and support broad-based efforts, like Bounce and Thrive, to effect meaningful, long-lasting change in the policies and practices that shape teaching and learning. Through this grant, it is the Foundation’s intent to promote the research, development and adoption of policies and practices that will become the basis for those improvements.
The Foundation believes that a major and effective way to attain this far-reaching goal will be through systemic improvements in the experiences of educators and students.
For more information about the Impact Grant, visit https://edmnfoundation.org/overview/#IMPACT.