Andy Roddick Foundation Announces Harris Elementary as Second School Partner

AUSTIN, Texas – August 18, 2016 – Today, the Andy Roddick Foundation announced it is partnering with a second Austin ISD elementary school to provide high-quality experiences for students in Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade after the school bell rings.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Pecan Springs Early College Prep Elementary – now supporting our third year of afterschool – and excited to announce our new partnership with Harris Early College Prep Elementary,” says Andy Roddick Foundation CEO Richard Tagle. “Combined we will ensure over 200 students have access to high-quality afterschool experiences Monday to Friday throughout the school year.”

The foundation brings together afterschool providers from across Austin, and for the 2016-17 school year, these include Austin Film Society, Creative Action, Extend-A-Care for Kids, Girls Empowerment Network (GEN), KidsActing Foundation and Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy. Together these programs are teaching students about art, science, engineering, math and technology. The foundation supports them through regular professional development, quality assessments and evaluation.

“Working with the Andy Roddick Foundation and the rest of the grant partners at Pecan Springs Elementary and now Harris Elementary has been a wonderful experience for Austin Film Society,” says Mirasol Enriquez, director of community media at Austin Film Society. “The added structure, support, and community that the Andy Roddick Foundation provides for out-of-school time providers encourages us to continually evaluate and improve our programs, as well as celebrate and be inspired by the meaningful work that our organizations and students are doing.”

The foundation hand-selects participating programs based on how well they fit with the needs and goals of each school partner.

“Having a partner like the Andy Roddick Foundation will make a huge difference in that our scholars and their families will have a quality afterschool and summer program,” says Monica Martinez, principal at Harris Elementary.  “Every year our parents struggle to find quality programs that promote arts, physical activity and tutoring. The Foundation has created a quality program and have been open to ideas and suggestions so that our programming is unique to our school community.  We believe that as partners we are stronger, and through this strong relationship, we will continue to support our scholars so that they will thrive, succeed and achieve their potential.”