Fredericksburg Alliance for Student Achievement (FASA) was an initiative that originated over 20 years ago by Fredericksburg City Public Schools (FCPS) as a way to involve families in our at-risk neighborhoods, (particularly, students of color) to become more involved with their child(ren’s) school experiences and academic performance. The initiative began as an afterschool program. With the primary focus to meet the needs of students and families in their own neighborhoods, local sites were chosen to participate in the program; Hazel Hill Community Center, Boys and Girls’ Club of the Rappahannock Region, Bragg Hill Family Life Center, Heritage Park Community Center, Mayfield Community Center and The Thurman Brisben Center. As a connection to the community sites, FCPS has six community liaisons who are assigned to organize and manage each of the locations. The liaison works with the community site coordinators to provide academic support 2-4 days a week at 1-2 hours each day. The goal of the program is to assist students with homework and SOL preparation. The liaisons recruit FCPS teachers to tutor students at the locations on the designated dates. Monthly meetings are scheduled by FASA liaisons to discuss details with the local community site coordinators regarding school information and instructional needs. All children from the local neighborhoods are welcome to participate.
This year, FASA has only been able to offer tutoring at the Mayfield Community Center, for one day a week, for the last six weeks of school. The 10 students that are participating were required to submit an application and have been offered transportation. All Covid protocol are being followed by the students and the tutors. The FASA liaisons and 2-3 FCPS staff members will be at the location each week to assist the students with instructional needs as well as technology support.