Anderson Children's Foundation

Cahuilla Desert Academy Middle School

ART4students (2022-2023)

ART4students is a project that will help provide equal opportunity for all students. One goal for the project is to provide students with a set of their own personal supplies. The project will help create a classroom environment focused on enhancing student creativity, self-expression, peer-to-peer communication and strengthen SEL through art exploration. The hope is not only for students to receive the supplies they need to feel ready to create but also for students to strengthen their skills in art while developing their own personal voice. The success of the project would help develop the importance of art through the school and help students become aware of how they can use art as self-expression and much more. Future plans for this project would include expanding it to become a summer program as well. Having a project like ART4students in the summer will help ensure that students have a safe space where they can continue to create during the summer.

Cahuilla Desert Academy Middle School - 82489 52nd Ave, Coachella, CA 92236

Contact: Linda Escarrega - Teacher

Phone: (760) 574-6796

Email: linda.escarrega@cvusd.us

Hawk Innovators-KidWind (2022-2023)

With the help of the Anderson Children’s Foundation grant, middle school students at Cahuilla Desert Academy will have an opportunity to engineer wind turbines and participate in local, regional, and hopefully national KidWind competitions. The project, Hawk Innovators-KidWind originates out of a need for wind turbine supplies and equipment that can be used within the career exploration classroom. Hawk Innovators- KidWind will allow all students to have a project-based hands-on learning experience while connecting students to real-life learning opportunities and allow students to become college and career ready. This project will expose students to many different pathways in their academic learning. This grants helps more students to have an opportunity to engineer wind turbines, while developing a passion for renewable energy, Students will develop and use critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, connectivity, public speaking, develop literacy, writing, research, and presentation skills. Students will also become resilient, learn time-management, perseverance, and GRIT.

Cahuilla Desert Academy Middle School - 82489 52nd Ave. Coachella, CA 92236 USA

Contact: Carly Mahoney-Career Exploration Teacher Club Advisor- 760-398-0097 or 760-289-5351

Email: carly.mahoney@cvusd.us

Drama4Students (2021-2022, 2020-2021)

Drama4Students is a project in which the academic classroom setting can be converted to a Performing Arts Space. Due to limited space at Cahuilla Desert Academy Middle School, Drama classes have to share a common area, the Multi-Purpose Room, with six Music classes and a working kitchen/cafeteria. The noise and distractions weakens focus and concentration during rehearsal and performing time on an actual stage. Drama4Students eliminates these distractions by allowing students to study, rehearse, and perform in almost any classroom setting on campus. Modern portable equipment, such as folding attachable stages (with ADA accessibility), sets, lighting, PA systems, storage, and seating can be brought in to almost any classroom, introduced by the teacher, utilized by the students, and folded and stored away when not in use. Being able to perform in almost any space at any time allows for more parental and public support for the Dramatic Arts at Cahuilla Desert Academy. Students can showcase their skills on a monthly basis. Drama4Students also allows for the formation and growth of new projects, such as an annual Shakespeare Festival and/or a Monologue Contest, similar to that of Palm Valley School in the West Valley.

Contact: Richard Diaz, Teacher
Phone: 760-485-1477
Email: Ridiaz@cvusd.us
Address: Cahuilla Desert Academy Middle School
Coachella, CA 92236