The services offered are intended to help the majority of the population so it not only is beneficial to some students but most of them and many other community members. Right now, Roberts Academy is in the process of demolishing the old junior high building taking up part of their 14 acres of usable acres. As of yet, plans for the new ground space have not been made, but the dream is to make the school not only a place of learning but also a communal meeting place. Their motto for community engagement is that it must be applicable to education, recreational fun, and community purposes much like Washington Park is.
As a result of the high percentage of struggling families, the school also proudly serves as a host for many general community events that give back to the rest of Price Hill including the International Welcome Center, after school programs providing homework help and free dinners, dance groups, board meetings, food drives and many others.
From Tracy, we learned about the Price Hill community and all the needs they have tied to school life. “At Roberts Academy, there are 224 Hispanic students, 327 African American students, and 49 white students; of the entire student body, 97% are on free or reduced price lunches” this means that the school represents more of the underprivileged minorities than the typical middle-class, predominately white schools found all over the country. The resource coordinators’ job is to work with partners and sponsor to get supplies and services available for the community and students that need them and Price Hill benefits greatly from the school’s efforts. Students can get free glasses from Lenscrafters, free shoes from Payless, health care attention from a shared nurse practitioner at the Student Health Center, nutritionally balanced meals at no cost and free tutoring from dedicated volunteers at the Wiz Kids program.
Although, the students Anything a student would need to prosper is offered at Roberts Academy, and although money may be an issue at times and the school tries to limit excessive use of partners, as Tracy said she and the school would gladly “take manpower and time over money any day” because a community needs support in more ways than one.