EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Dream Center in Evansville made an exciting announcement this week. Center leaders are now working harder than ever to be Peacemakers for students at Delaware Elementary.
Dream Center employees have been working with students at Delaware for several years.
Peacemakers help students and teachers in the Jacobsville neighborhood from first to fifth grade, and they have seen great success.
“Kids who we’ve worked with who have a peacemaker in their classroom have seen negative behaviors in the classroom to down by 96%, which is just incredible, huge success,” Jeremy Evans, executive director at the Dream Center explained.
Employees are now doing what they call “digging deep into Delaware.”
It’s a difficult time for students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Digging Deep will turn many of their part-time employees into full-time workers for about nine weeks, and it will get Delaware Elementary students off on the right foot.
“We see that classrooms with peacemakers are calmer and more successful across the board,” Evans said. “Kids are more focused, they’re more ready to learn and those teachers have that extra adult to do whatever that teacher might need.”
In order to make this happen, the Dream Center is asking for community support as it costs money to move part-time workers to full-time employees. The center has a matching grant of $15,000 from the William E. Schmidt Foundation.
Every dollar donated to this program will be matched by the foundation to get center officials to their goal of $30,000.
The Dream Center posted about the news on its Facebook page.
For more information on how to help the Dream Center, click here to visit their officials website.