It’s hard to describe the severity of the challenges for most students at The Nest.  Among the largest…literacy.   It is as simply put as the old phrase, which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

Commonly overlooked in our school systems for the sheer fact that students can fly under the radar when classrooms are overcrowded and filled with multi-level learners, newcomers, troublemakers, bullies, and distractions.  But, in a classroom of 5, 8 or 10…literacy is another story. Where do you begin when a seventh or even eleventh grader is passing through middle or high school yet they cannot read or write? Completely illiterate and cannot speak English. Two, three and four-letter words look like a jumbled mess to her. And, who’s responsible? Where do you begin? What comes first language, literacy, science, math….it is a lot.

We are tackling this issue daily, and not only this one of literacy. We are responding to the disparity of the times to address food insecurity, emotional and mental health struggles, and the need for compassion, structure, organization and life skills, intercession and accountability. It takes a village, a committed team of staff that care and volunteers willing to ‘see’ our students.  We have the privilege of seeing the pieces of a difficult puzzle to solve being put together in resulting in their emotional and mental health stabilizing, academic success and courage and strength being rebuilt.

Consider joining us on this adventure…Volunteering in the classroom is one way to help, coming and providing lunches and visiting with the students another, or come speak at one of our InspireEd-U assemblies on Fridays where you can inspire our students with a story from your life…Just  sign up below to get more involved!! We need you to join the village that makes dreams coming true and reading success possible daily in these students lives! Your meaningful impact opportunity awaits you!

Our students were hungry…not only a with a hunger to be seen, known  and belong, or hunger for food security, but they are filled with the hunger to learn. We are addressing those hungers, and daily we are SHORT ORDER CHEFS!!  So to answer to the question, which comes first the chicken or the egg? At the Academy we are making CHICKEN OMELETTES!! -MC Hildreth