Bad weather, illness, aches and pains, weariness, frustration – how were the men and one woman on the Lewis and Clark expedition able to push on? Surely there were many times they wanted to give up. But they did not. They continued with their expedition of discovery. When all seemed impossible, they fought on. Great determination, great strength, and great trust in each other produced great victory and new knowledge to be shared with others. York, a slave, was a major contributor to the success of this journey. Never doubt the impact of one person.
There are people each and every day that set a course of exploration and discovery. Somehow they are able to reach their desired destinations taking paths not anticipated or expected. York Academy of Discovery moves forward. The journey continues to be hard, filled with many setbacks and frustrations. We had a plan for advocacy. It was a good plan. But as with all journeys there are twists and turns, road blocks, and new directions.
York advocates on behalf of young children. That is our number one goal. We have now begun our advocacy work but in a way we did not expect. We are currently volunteering in a high poverty school helping two teachers and providing additional support in the area of reading and math. We work with small groups providing enrichment and small groups based on needs of students. We are supporting teachers in providing a firm foundation for students in need.
This current direction is different than our initial plan. Our desire has always been to meet the needs of children. A need was presented to us that took us on a different path than what we had anticipated, so we adjusted our course. We revised our plan based on the needs of children. We are excited and happy to be a part of this journey where we strive to make a difference in the lives of children. York believes in providing the best education possible, believes in strong teachers, and believes in children.
As we implement our advocacy piece, we also continue to work on establishing a kindergarten that will be free for low income students and will provide a rich educational experience striving to meet the needs of the whole child. We are still searching for a space and will need funding for this space and for materials. Our goal is to have a kindergarten in place for the upcoming school year.
If you are aware of a space we should consider, please contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also donations can be made to our organization. Donations can be mailed to
Becky Kischnick – York Academy of Discovery
4127 Autumn Drive
New Albany, Indiana 47150
Checks should be made payable to York Academy of Discovery. You can also click the donate button on this website.
York Academy is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Please consider helping us make a difference in the lives of children.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Frederick Douglass