Kid Street Learning Center - "Teach to the heart, and the mind will follow!"
Welcome to Kid Street Learning Center Charter School
Home of the Owls

Public Hearing Speech to Support Charter Renewal 

Why Should You Keep Kid Street?
by: Alicia Larson, 8th grade student

Kid Street has been an inspiration to me. Before I arrived at Kid Street I was one of those kids who went through the motions of school and didn’t really try at all.   Then I came to this school they showed me differently. They showed me how to take pride in myself and want to do well.  I went from D’s and F’s to A’s and B’s. When I started here it only went to 6th grade.  I remember thinking I was going to have to graduate and I was terrified to leave. This school has given me so much support (tutoring, counseling, friends and love).  Before Kid Street,  I’d been to 5 different schools and Kid Street has been the best out of all of them.

I didn’t feel like I was ready for middle school at all. So when I heard they would have a middle school I was so relieved. Before I started my 7th grade year I had surgery on my leg.  I couldn’t put any weight on it for a few months.  This was difficult and I was worried I would not be able to go to school.   They worked with me and my mom and made sure that I wouldn’t miss any school and they supported me through my recovery.  

The middle school program has pushed me more than I expected.  They have shown me what I can do when I try.   Kid Street has provided me with real life experiences and has explained how to get jobs and get into college.  Here, I listen when normally, I wouldn’t pay attention.  Here, I trust the people who are helping me. Kid Street treats you like family. There's no bullying or feeling like an outcast.
We are all encouraged to do our best without feeling the sense of pressure.  

I’m in 8th grade now. I've been at Kid Street for 4 years.  All the staff has changed me for the better. Instead of telling me what I needed to be, they have shown me how to achieve goals on my own.  Kid Street needs to stay open, it needs its middle school.   I believe kids deserve the same opportunities I have had these past four years.  They need a school they can call home.   

A message from Principal Kathleen Mallamo

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Kid Street Charter School, home of the Owls, for another exciting school year filled with learning. Our Kid Street staff and faculty holds itself to high expectations that every student is given the opportunity to experience the educational process in a positive manner in order to reach his/her potential. 

We strive daily to reach every student so that all may become innovative, critical thinkers that collaborate effectively and contribute meaningfully in a technically advanced world.  We are especially pleased to be offering a new Middle School Program (grades 6-8) that incorporates Makers’ Education, values the individual talents of each unique student, and provides enrichment opportunities that challenge students to express themselves in new ways. 

It is through education that we as individuals are entitled the chance to move upward in society, maintain self and family, and obtain the skills needed to be productive citizens in the global community. 

Parents, I trust that your child’s experience at Kid Street will be a life changing one. The 21st Century presents our students with challenges and opportunities than ever before. I want students and families to take advantage of the array of services provided to enhance their growth while here at our school. From basic services such as food and to enrichment opportunities such as art, drama, and engineering, we want our students to leave our doors as well rounded, confident, and talented individuals.   

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time to discuss our program and opportunities.                       
Sincerely, Kathleen Mallamo

Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire. ~William Butler Yeats

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