Featuring Christian Washington, Moody Gardens Rap, I Believe I Can Fly, Newspring Art Studio Dream Boxes, Rice & Beans and the Students with Amazing Potential from Spring Oaks Middle School.
In the 2011-2012 School year, S.W.A.P. (Students with Amazing Potential), lived out our newly focused mission — to create a loving community where students are encouraged to impact their home, school and the world.
Using the theme of ‘Dreams’ we encouraged 60 Spring Oaks Middle School students one Saturday each month of the school year, both on the Chapelwood campus and on field trips.
In October SWAP featured Christian Washington — after his “your Dream will always defeat reality if you give it a chance’ speech, the students would have jumped from the roof to fly if he had asked them. Leveraging this spirit, volunteer Joel Hall taught the students to sing ‘I believe I can Fly’. We also hosted the first ever Family SWAP dinner, and were blessed to meet siblings and parents.
In November, we stretched the world through a visit to Moody Gardens (rap it out!), and in December we learned about how to serve our community through a visit to Newspring art studio and a Rice and Beans service project on campus.
A very busy January and February included a trip to the Hispanic Forum a Junior Achievement ‘Economics of Success’ curriculum and a focus on higher education.
In March we hosted the Houston Ballet and Pink Ribbons Project and volunteer Ronnye Cowell choreographed the students in a hip-hop line dance. April’s SWAP featured a Ropes Challenge course hosted by Communities In Schools project leader and SWAP volunteer Adrian Gonzalez, and in May our SWAP featured a commencement program, complete with diplomas and Pomp & Circumstance.
As the year wrapped us with a SWAP sponsored teacher’s appreciation lunch at Spring Oaks Middle School — we know with certainty that our SWAP students are learning to DREAM, and have also begun to learn how their dreams can positively impact their homes, their schools and their world.