Located in San Bernardino, California, Lytle Creek Elementary School serves grades K through 6 and the students to teacher ratio is 20 to 1. Although the students to teacher ratio are good, teachers need help. Many of the children come from underprivileged backgrounds and their parents do not have the time or opportunity to help their child.
According to 2013-2014 California SARC, over 98.9% of students in Lytle Creek Elementary are socioeconomically disadvantaged, over 98.8% of students receive free lunch, and 65.5% of students are English Learners.
2014-2015 California Student Poverty FRPM Data, over 98.2% of students receive free or reduced priced lunch.
What We Do / Results:
Since September 2006, Tzu Chi volunteers have been holding character education classes twice a month at Lytle Creek Elementary. After years of implementing the Character Education program, students at Lytle Creek have improved not only their overall attitude and behavior, but also their standardized test scores . Lytle Creek Elementary has also acknowledged a reduction of referral tickets in school following Tzu Chi's lessons.
Mrs. Applegate principal of Lytle Creek Elementary made a Speech in 2014 stating SHE Noticed That the Tzu Chi Teaches Students (Track C) has Shown a great Improvement in behavior and has a 11-17% Positive Increase on Academic achievement compared to the other Tracks (Track A, B, and D). Noticing the students having more compassion and becoming better citizens, Lytle Creek's principal personally requested for Tzu Chi's team to teach Character Education to two sixth grade classes in the 2014-2015 school year. In addition, four Lytle Creek teachers from 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade supported the program by taking on the responsibility of teaching Character Education. This marks the first time that teachers from a US public school teach Character Education in their class using Tzu Chi lesson plans. These lessons proved to be so successful that after the 6th grade students finished studying on the topic of giving, they decided to tidy up the campus in order to provide a cleaner environment for the younger students to enjoy.