Dallas Community Fellowship, Inc
Summer RocksIV The youth are divided into age groups to promote optimal learning environments. Each day youth receive two meals, breakfast and lunch, where they learn about the nutritional value of foods and experience what constitutes a balanced breakfast and lunch. This is followed by a devotional period in which all age groups are exposed to learning and understanding their personal growth. Next elementary school children practice skills to increase their opportunities for success in the classroom. For example, preschoolers are taught the basics, spelling their name, knowing their address and phone, learning the alphabet & numbers, etc. Older students are introduced to the IXL Computer Assessment Program. The IXL is an integrative systems program which identifies the level at which a student is functioning and creates problems and scenarios to help the student progressively learn and move up through indicators of standard grade levels. The IXL Program is administered and monitored by our (volunteer PHD consultant). This program is an essential tool for tracking the educational development of the students, as well as pinpointing specific areas where additional tutoring might be needed in order to ensure our students the best opportunity to stay on track for advancement within the school system. The IXL is a critical component to our program as this area is identified as being in the bottom 5 in educational achievement in the entire state of Texas. Along with field trips such as hiking, horseback riding and skating which are used to help educate the students on the importance of staying physically fit; trips to museums, cultural events, police, fire departments and other locations help them improve socialization skills and broaden their knowledge of different career opportunities and cultures Summer Rocks III is excited to expand upon four program elements that best allow the children to express their musical abilities: choir, drums, guitar and keyboard. These programs will be taught on two separate days, 2 hours per week and will allow the youth to explore their musical talents. In addition to these talents being highlighted as part of the graduation program, they will be able to use their choir skills as part of their Community Service project where the youth will develop and deliver a program to a local nursing home.