Angel C. is a notable student from the Cook Library Center who is also part of the Cook Library Scholars program. After spending the last few years at John Ball Zoo School, Angel will soon start his studies at City Middle School.
Angel’s favorite subjects are reading and writing. He also enjoys playing outside and loves to learn through the Cook Library Scholars Program. He said, “You get to learn new things in Khan Academy (a non-profit educational organization’s website which features thousands of educational resources). I learned multiple steps, division, and word problems. I don't like math that much but I'm getting to know more about it. Last year I was struggling but now my grades are getting better.”
Angel appreciates the homework help that is provided, mainly because his mother speaks very little English. He said, “You get to read a lot and learn new words in books,” and that, “If you're struggling with anything, you can get help."
This summer, Angel and his fellow classmates are enjoying oral history tours through the neighborhood led by Grand Valley State University. They ask questions such as, “Will you pass your business along to your family when you get old and retire?” and “Do you like working here?” They receive many moving answers about following their hearts, staying motivated, and working hard.
In addition to the tours, the Cook Library Center has a reading club, drop-in activities, language and math stations, and laptop use for learning. There are several older teens interviewing students and younger teens assisting with science. Other fun and notable offerings include a robotics class with GR Makers; a lush garden and a class on food, nutrition and food justice for kids; a class using poetry and art to explore the issue of immigration; a Leadership Council service project at Roosevelt Park in collaboration with Friends of GR Parks, the YMCA, and Kent County Health Connect; and a family workshop in partnership with LINC on how to save for college.
Kids from the Cook Library Center outside of Sabour Latino, a local restaurant which they visited as a part of their oral history tour.
Cook Library Scholar Angel C. raising his hand to ask a local business owner a question about the history of the neighborhood.
Local business owner shows pride for her own history by holding up a key chain with the flag of the Dominican Republic on it.
Some delicious carne (meat) empanadas, which was given to the students as they left the restaurant.