Since BRICK assumed management of its first K-8 school—Avon Academy— in 2010, student achievement has improved dramatically, doubling and even tripling performance in some grades in three years. On the strength of this progress, BRICK assumed management of a second K-8 South Ward district school, Peshine Elementary, in 2012. BRICK plans to add 1-2 additional schools in the next three years.
North Branch Reformed Church helps support the good work of BRICK Academy through different missions. In January, there is a Book Drive at the Preschool Book Fair and in August we have our Backpack Project. Many children in need start the school year with no supplies so North Branch donates filled backpacks for children at Brick Academy. Parents and children gather each year to fill the backpacks with donated items that are then delivered the school. These items enable the children to start the school year prepared to succeed.
In 2017, we stuffed 110 backpacks! and in 2017 we stuffed 115!
Needed to participate: 1 hour on a Sunday in August to fill the backpack.