The Change is Simple program started in 1 classroom over 7 years ago. The intent was to develop a program to fit into all schools for all learners. A learner centric program, not focused on the what but on the who and why. For this reason our program could be picked up and moved to Iowa or Alaska or Nevada and the outcomes and student engagement would be exactly the same. (we plan to make that happen some day.) With that said we want aim to create authentic learning experiences and quality programming for partner schools. Because of your support we have been able to offer the program to more schools this year and will be able to reach even more next year.
We are pleased to announce new partnerships with Danvers, Salem, Revere, Marblehead, and Harborlight Montessori. Some launched this spring while others will begin in Sept. These schools are partnering with CiS to advance STEM learning, and inspire sustainably minded children who are problem solving for today and tomorrow.
Change is Simple is funded largely through individual donations from people who have experienced the programming firsthand and want to see the organization grow and expand. It is also funded by grants and corporate support. The organization is a 2013 Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 grantee, the 2017 Greater Beverly NonProfit of the Year, and a Project Green Schools award winner, and is also supported by corporations, including Cell Signaling, New England Biolabs, and National Grid. We are only able to reach new schools because of this generous support.
Last month, the Belmontes celebrated milestones from seven years of teaching, including educating 20,000 students, at the first annual ChangeMaker dinner, honoring donors who contribute $1000 or more. A $1000 donation funds an entire classroom for a year. The ChangeMakers have donated $125,000 to date. The event was hosted by Sean Ward at Peirce Farm at Witch Hill in Topsfield.
From starting in one classroom in Beverly in 2011, to now serving over 30 schools annually, the influx of funding, and word of mouth about the program has allowed CiS to expand to additional communities which will continue to grow this fall to incorporate Danvers, Essex, Marblehead, Salem and Revere.