For many kids, the first day back at school is something they dread.
But not at South Kitsap School District’s Hidden Creek and South Colby elementary schools. And that’s because there are “Tunnels of Hope.”
The tunnels are actually the outspread arms of educators, parents and supporters who come to the school to greet the kids on their first day back. According to Laura Smith, principal at Hidden Creek Elementary, it’s an expression of the community’s support for the students.
“We believe that all kids are capable of success,” Smith said. “We have a super positive culture here and by having the kids run through the tunnel and ‘high five’ with parents, staff and community members, it shows each of them how much we really care about their success.”
The tunnels are part of a larger program called Kids At Hope. It’s a formal program that ensures high levels of learning for all students. There are signs throughout the participating schools that encourage students to succeed.
“Nurturing growth, inspiring achievement and building community begins with a shared and unwavering belief in every student. While ‘believing’ is a start, attaining success for every child becomes possible when we put our collective belief into practice,” the school district’s website states.
The national website (www.kidsathope.org) states “Kids At Hope inspires, empowers and transforms families, youth serving organizations and entire communities to create