McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation. Their mission was to honor McKenzie by inspiring and helping young people find their purpose in a world of challenges. Through church connections some of the teachers who had been volunteering at the MARC were put in touch with the Wilsons (Divine intervention?) Today the Foundation funds many diverse projects that all build on McKenzie's passion and honor her life by helping young people realize their full potential. The MARC (McKenzie Academic Resource Center), which now takes up the entire Community Center in our under served area is only one of the many projects that carries McKenzie's name and is proud to represent her faith and spirit. Because of the Foundation and Chets Creek's involvement, the MARC today is involved in family life in a variety of ways - a preschool program, middle school and high school tutoring, a weekly Saturday Sunday School-type program, Blessings in a Backpack and a multitude of other social service-type programs. The Foundation pays for a full time school-to-Center Liaison. The model has now been replicated in another school community in another part of town.
This year I have been tutoring on the day 4th-5th graders come. As I walked through the Center today, this is what I observed.
|Small group Math turoing|
|A second language student who speaks no English working on|
a new language-based computer program, Imagine Learning,
also being piloted at the school.
|A computer lab where students can get extra practice in iReady and Achieve 3000, |
programs being offered at the school and for homework for extra practice.
|Small reading strategy group|