"Cradle to Career" is a community-driven initiative supported by United Way of Anchorage which aims to ensure Anchorage's children and youth are safe, healthy, and nurtured by family and community, and thrive at every stage of development. The initiative provides resources, connections, and community to eliminate disparate outcomes for Anchorage families, especially those furthest from opportunity, so that every child may reach their full potential.
The Anchorage Rotary Club previously partnered with United Way in its "90 by 2020" campaign. This new campaign will provide additional opportunities for hands-on involvement and volunteerism for members. The Club's "Cradle to Career" committee, along with several other community partners, including Alaska Public Media's Ready To Learn program, plans to assist Dr. Claire Hill, the new principal of Mountain View Elementary with a bold and innovative vision for increasing the academic achievements of the students in this Title 1 school which is in the heart of a low household income community.
In short, Dr. Hill seeks partners for creating a community resource center that would provide free school supplies, backpacks, winter shoes, clothing, jackets, hats, mittens, and other useful items for children with high needs who attend Mountain View Elementary School. Grant funds would be used to secure new items in the fall at reduced costs while also encouraging club members and community members to match with these funds. In addition to using Rotary 5010 grant funds to help with the costs of adding additional resources to the room, Rotarians would be trained on Alaska Public Media's Ready To Learn educational activities. These club members would then volunteer to provide school-time enrichment activities that support the teaching and learning objectives determined by the faculty.