Support EDGE for Tomorrow and its mission of serving communities in Delaware.
EDGE for Tomorrow, LLC has been a 501 c3 public charity since 2019. Founded in 2011 as an outreach ministry of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, our primary funding comes from private foundations and government grants, along with individual donations and fund-raising events. We serve low-income families in the neighborhoods of Edgemoor Gardens, Bellevue and Bellefonte by providing after-school care, addressing food insecurity, and advocating and supporting the marginalized in our community. Located in the church building at 503 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, 19809, EDGE After-School opened in February 2012 with initial focus on free after-school care for grades K through 5 who attend Mount Pleasant Elementary School, offering:
Ø Virtues-based programming and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) that teaches good citizenship, social skills, empathy, and kindness,
Ø Tutoring and enrichment activities with specialized reading and math help,
Ø Homework help, healthy snacks and physical activities, and
Ø STEM learning to enrich skills needed for reading, math, geography, science and the arts.
COVID-19 has forced us to be creative and adaptive and when our schools went all virtual in September, we stepped up to meet student and family needs by opening an in-person Remote Access Learning Hub; a safe place to provide students’ academic support with much needed emotional and social enrichment. The Hub serves up to 18 at-risk students to access school Monday thru Friday. EDGE offers students technical support and encouragement during the on-line school day, two nutritional meals and a snack from Brandywine School District, recreational activities in the fresh air, and emotional support through activities such as yoga, team building, and arts programming. When the school day ends, students stay for three hours of after-care.
The Music School of Delaware’s MELODY program provides an outlet for kindergarten through grade 2 students to experience the art of music through Rhythm, a Bucket Band percussion group, and the violin. Grades 3 through 5 participate in Bucket Band and gain enrichment through art, creative writing, yoga, storytelling, and STEM using learning tools that build self-esteem, confidence, resilience, and coping mechanisms that are so necessary in addressing the effects of childhood trauma and stress. Once each week, all students participate in the Lion’s Quest free one-hour program sponsored by Bellevue Lions Club, providing a series of school-based education activities that provide children with essential skills to help them lead healthier life-styles, resist drug use, and develop a positive self-image. Academic support is provided for our students in reading and math with one-on-one specialized tutoring two afternoons each week.
The happy sounds of children making music and having fun is joyful to hear. Donations raised through the Do More24 Delaware 2021 campaign will help us to continue activities that support a screen-free after-school environment centered on building social skills and coping mechanisms while engaging in active play in a supportive, caring environment.