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Mission Statement

At Home At School (AHAS) includes several programs:

1) Summer educational program (includes literacy, art, engineering, environmental science, sports and games, quilt making, video storytelling and other classes).

2) Senior project and service learning support for high school and college students.

3) AHAS Outdoors! Environmental science program (year-round)

4) Specialized tutoring and mentoring projects (year-round)

carries out three primary objectives: 1) AHAS provides educational support to students who are "low status": e.g., homeless, in transitional and other subsidized low-income housing, free and reduced lunch, foster care, etc., (and AHAS includes children of volunteers who provide 75 hours.) 2) AHAS is the site of community-based field inquiry education provided in fulfillment of WSUV's charge of preparing new teachers to work in an increasingly diverse society; and 3) AHAS is the site for ongoing research about teaching, learning, and issues of social justice and equity in education.


The AHAS summer program is designed as a preK-8 program. Service Learning opportunities are available for students grades 6-12. Enrollment is open to students regardless of residential address, but most students in the summer program reside in Evergreen, Vancouver, and Battleground school districts. The program is designed to provide educational support and social enrichment to students who are "low status" or underserved--e.g., homeless, live in shelter, transitional and other subsidized low-income housing, qualify for free and reduced lunch, or are in foster care, chronically ill, English language learners, have an incarcerated parent, low school attendance, and so on. Volunteers and AHAS benefactors also enroll their children. A limited number of internships are available to middle and high school students. No income checks or documentation of income or residency are required.

In 2008, AHAS enrollment will be approximately 450 children.

During the school year, AHAS offers several educational support initiatives:

1) Shelter and housing based tutorial programs. The format is homework support follwed by an art activity integrated with literacy;

2) Continuing program for Environmental Education, in partnership with Columbia River Environmental Education Center;

3) Mentoring through special intrests, such as, environment, art, photography, sports, etc.

4) AHAS Art Saturdays



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