Established in 2001, Great Kids Learning Center is an innovative afterschool learning program designed to help children develop the attitudes, character, and motivation necessary to succeed in school and in life. We provide a safe, supportive learning environment for 100 children between the ages of ages of 5 and 11 at five local schools: Ormond Beach Elementary, Ortona Elementary, Osceola Elementary, Pathways Elementary, and Tomoka Elementary. In order to foster significant, sustainable learning, we offer highly-engaging, meaningful learning experiences for children in our community.
Our five well-aligned learning programs inspire students to enjoy learning, foster a growth mindset and encourage students to have respect for themselves and others.
The mission of Great Kids is to empower children with leadership behavior and powerful strategies for learning. To accomplish its mission, the Great Kids community creates a student-centered environment focused on developing students’ self-efficacy, love of learning, and socially responsible behavior.
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We strive to be honest, fair and trustworthy in word and deed.
We value and appreciate each person’s unique talent. As a team, we value diverse opinions and individuality. We respect the dignity of those we serve.
We use our resources to fulfill Great Kids’ mission. We apply all of our resources to provide support for our students.
We pursue excellence by providing relevant, meaningful learning experiences for the children in our community.
In 2001, “Great Kids Explorer Club” opened its doors to 15 Osceola Elementary School students, led by our founder, Sandra Rakes. The children gathered in a single classroom each Wednesday evening at First United Methodist Church in Ormond Beach where they learned the values of good citizenship and character development. Great Kids’ mentors provided a ministry of academic support and Christian Education for neighborhood at-risk children.
By the end of 2014, the program expanded, and Great Kids now served 103 students throughout four elementary schools in Volusia County: Osceola Elementary, Ortona Elementary, Port Orange Elementary and McInnis Elementary School. Thanks to the community support from First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach, Grace Episcopal Church of Port Orange, and First Baptist Church of DeLeon Springs, Great Kids was provided with classroom space, volunteers and financial support.
In 2015, Dr. Katie Morelli was hired as Executive Director. Strategic collaborations during the following years resulted in the addition of Ormond Beach Elementary, Pathways Elementary and Tomoka Elementary. Curriculum design was expanded to include leadership, healthy kids, and the arts. The organization also made new investments to more actively engage students in digital learning.
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