Bright I's is proud to have led and conceptualised a very successful summer school program for the Stoke Aldermoor community where 45 children between 5 and 16 years old attended during the summer from the 29th of July to the 9th of August 2019.
The Stoke Aldermoor community has been lucky enough to secure lottery funding with the help of Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire and key residents of the area including the director of Bright I's, Kala Williams to develop 6 innovative projects which focus on social impact and change. As a part of this Bright I's unique summer school was supported with the aim of providing children and young people a summer with aspirations and goals (the meaning behind the acronym SWAG) which will remain in place for a further two years.
The theme of raising aspirations and goals for children and young people is one deeply connected to the ethos of Bright I's. The summer school was run not-for-profit, with the help of fantastic volunteers and engaged children and young people through learning activities that provoked reflection, inspired growth and instilled positive citizenship.
Bright I's wishes to thank the following participants who supported and participated in making this summer school an outstanding success: The Aldermoor Life Centre, Virgin Trains, The House of Parliament, Warwick Arts Centre Education team, Warwick University Law School Justice Workshop Team, PSA Coventry and the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and last but not least the amazing parents and children that attended over the two weeks.
Bright I's celebrates SWAG as a project of huge success and wishes Grapevine and the Stoke Aldermoor Community the best with future events for the children of Stoke Aldermoor. This was an innovative project for Bright I's which now has been passed on as a model of great practice for learning outside of the curriculum to the community groups of Stoke Aldermoor. Please make contact with the local community centre for further information on future summer events.
Feedback from parents and families proved this was not only impacting but gave children great opportunities to widen their horizons beyond their community boundaries, look to greater life goals and build lasting friendships.