Roberts Academy Connects Students to the World

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Temperatures are beginning to drop, pools are starting to close and classes are about to resume. Something new awaits students at Roberts Academy as they return for a new school year.

Alpacino Beauchamp, principal; Paige Wheeler, psychologist; Carlos Guzman, assistant community coordinator; Tracy Power, hub director; Antonio Fernandez, director of Welcome Center; Robert Gaines, parent; Ronna Edwards, teacher; and Michelle Judt, teacher, celebrate the new Global Community program.

The school, located in Price Hill, is introducing the Global Community program through CPS’ Vision 2020 initiative. The Global Community program is focused on deepening students’ understanding of international issues and diverse cultures through student-led projects, community events and travel.

“This program gives us an opportunity to learn more about each other and grow with each other,” said Roberts Academy Principal Alpacino Beauchamp.

“I am excited to learn about other students who come from different backgrounds,” said Elvis, a third-grader at the school.

Students and parents recently got a first glimpse of the new program and had the chance to visit their classrooms and meet their new teachers during an open house.

“Roberts is a very good school,” said Jerell Boyd, a mother to twins who are going into kindergarten. “They really take care of their students and have lots of activities for them including great after-school programs.”

Some of the Roberts students, as part of the Global Community program, are receiving tablets that are programmed to allow video chats with other students around the globe.

“I like to learn about new things,” said Victor, a seventh-grader who was picking up his tablet during the open house. “I like to learn about the history of different cultures.”

Elvis meets his new third-grade reading teacher, Greer Maher.

The Global Community program also provides students with field trip and travel opportunities to enhance exposure to different cultures, foreign language classes and celebrations that highlight various cultures.

“These types of conversations and experiences are powerful,” said Principal Beauchamp. “We strongly believe that if our students engage in these experiences, they will have the opportunity to grow and contribute to our society in a positive way.”

“I think that the new Global Community program is awesome,” Boyd said. “It’s great to expose my children to different cultures. Learning about different backgrounds will be a helpful tool for them in the future.”

Learn more about the Global Community program and the great things happening at Roberts Academy at https://roberts.cps-k12.org.

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