Gearing Up for Success

Celebrating our first year and planning for the next.

Celebrating Success

Gearing Up for Success of Cumberland Elementary has made great strides in fostering lasting relationships between home and school for families living with limited resources.
  • 42 students were given school supplies for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Partnered with the West Lafayette Library to bring mobile library services, as well as teacher volunteers, to families at both Richfield and Parkway Apartments.
  • Teachers volunteered to join the Heads Up Club, an after-school program housed at Country Villa Apartments, to assist in tutoring to students in grades K-12.
  • A book study of A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne was conducted with staff at Cumberland. This helped to gain perspectives as to how to best meet the needs of students and families living with limited resources.
  • Volunteers will be participating in the Summer Servings Program at Richfield Apartments. Lunches will be served to any child, ages 2-18 on Mondays and Fridays throughout the summer.
  • Thanks to a grant from the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation and Riley Hospital, we were able to partner with the Summer Backpack Program to provide 30 students with books and study materials for the summer.


Our success is due in large part to the partnerships we have made. The following list includes those who have supported our group and, most importantly, our students and families:

  • West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation- Abby Weiderhaft and the WLSEF Board have assisted tremendously with grant funds for the book study, funding for school supplies, as well as books that were donated to be given to families.
  • West Lafayette Public Library- Beth Will, outreach librarian, has worked to make the mobile library program such a success with our students. Her excitement for reading is infectious and families look forward to her visits.
  • Richfield Apartments - A Gick Property- Autumn Adams and her staff have gone above and beyond to help make the mobile library program a success and took the initiative to host the Summer Servings Program.
  • Country Villa Apartments - Elizabeth Anzaldua has worked with Pauline Shen and Nathan Birt to host the Heads Up Club for tutoring students and assisting in social development of our students K-12.
  • Parkway Apartments - Jennifer Barnett and her team have worked to help get the mobile library program up and going. She has also worked to host a tutoring program for Parkway students as well.
  • Penguin Random House Books - Their generous donation of 100's of new books will be used to bolster at-home libraries for our students.
  • WLCSC School Board Trustees, Dr. Rocky Killion, Mrs. Kim Bowers, and Mrs. Mary Beth Boyd- All have supported and encouraged our efforts and have taken active roles in spreading the word about our work.

The team is grateful to have built these partnerships and we look forward to continuing to work cooperatively for the good of our students.

Planning for Next Year

This summer we are working to gather essential school supplies for an 175 students receiving free/reduced lunches at Cumberland. Thanks to grant funds from the WLSEF and Riley Hospital, we will be able to gather most supplies needs for the 2015-2016 school year. We are in need of donations of school supplies and/or funds in order to meet this goal.

We will continue the mobile library program at Parkway and Richfield throughout the summer and on into the 2015-2016 school year. Teacher volunteers from all of WLCSC are encouraged. Children from grades K-12 attend and enjoy seeing teachers in their communities. We also provide snacks during the mobile library times and funding is needed to support this effort.

The Heads Up Club at Country Villa is in need of teacher volunteers as well. The tutoring program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:45 year-round. Students in grades K-12 are served and welcome assistance from teachers or other school community members. Parents also like to connect with staff members to ask questions or to gain insights as to how to best help their child.

If you are interested in helping in any way (volunteering, purchasing supplies or snacks, or offering funding assistance), please contact Sara Delaney, team leader for Gearing Up for Success.

Gearing Up for Success

A team of faculty and staff from Cumberland Elementary committed to forming lasting relationships between home and school for families living with limited resources.