Natural disasters are a heralding experience under the best circumstances. While devastating to all community types their impacts often handicap lower income communities for years afterwards. This is due to families’ inability to easily replace things ranging from clothing to even housing. Most people would not think that a security deposit could be such a major hurtle for families in the wake of a disaster. However this was the reality for many families when San Jose flooded. Unable to replace basic belongings such as clothes or furniture many found themselves without enough money for the deposits required to move into new houses. Facing homelessness Parents of students received vital help from a source they never expected.
Rocketship Education quickly acted to support families and stabilize students after homes were destroyed. They raised $62,000 by partnering with local catholic charities. This money went to funding essential recovery efforts. Although it was a pleasant shock to some parents to receive such generous aid from their child’s school this gesture is perfectly in line with Rocketship Education’s philosophy. This nonprofit charter school believes that the best way to ensure student success is by supporting families and the community. Their simple and sustainable approach is built around family and community building. By unleashing parent power the institution hopes to create active engaged students as well as families.
Established in 2006 Rocketship Education now operates in three states as well as the District of Columbia. Their program is geared towards addressing the unique needs of underserved communities. In their quest to create a sustainable educational program that addresses these needs, Rocketship Education focuses on learning the unique needs of each child. They also require that instructors meet with children and parents in their homes. By doing so the instructor is able to pick up on any unique struggles that may prove to be a barrier to the child’s ability to learn. It also fosters a relationship between parents, students and teachers. This relationship better supports families as they learn what they can do to ensure that their child achieves all that they are capable of.