Graniterock hosted more than 50 middle school students for an innovative, week-long Algebra Academy at its corporate office in Watsonville, Calif. As part of its continuing community outreach program, Graniterock has, for several years, partnered with Rolling Hills Middle School to provide support, tutoring and mentoring in a number of different academic areas including; math, science, English, and art.
Both the company and the school wanted to elevate their partnership in a way that inspired Rolling Hills students placing them on a path toward higher academic achievement. Graniterock and Rolling Hills found a willing collaborator in the Cal-State University Monterey Bay Math Department, which has achieved national recognition for its work with community grade school students.
Last fall, Graniterock President and CEO Bruce W. Woolpert, and Assistant General Counsel, Kevin Jeffery, introduced Rolling Hills principal Rick Ito to CSUMB Math Department Chair Dr. Hongde Hu and Community Relations Officer Jennifer Martinez. After a series of brainstorming sessions, this Team decided the best way they could support Rolling Hills students was to conduct an intensive six-day, hands-on “academy,” focused on algebra.
Educators at CSUMB and Rolling Hills agreed that accelerating the students’ understanding of algebra would provide them with the skills and confidence to succeed in math in high school and college.
Graniterock also hosted a graduation ceremony and luncheon for the Algebra Academy on Saturday, Jan. 8. Representatives of CSUMB, the Pajaro Valley School District and Graniterock were on hand to congratulate the students and their families.
In an effort to help improve and grow this program over time, CSUMB and the school district plan to track the math performance of the Algebra Academy students in future years.