The Citizenship and Service-Learning office is proud to be partnered with the Robberson Community School. Currently Robberson has 312 students, which is beyond capacity for Springfield’s oldest elementary school. Out of the 312 students at Robberson, 92% of them are eligible for free and reduced lunch.
Many families within Robberson are below the poverty line, bringing in $600-800 a month. When surveyed, these families indicated that their needs included dental, food, and after-school tutoring.
Together Christian Mechlin, the community resource coordinator for Robberson, and the CASL office are working to provide after-school tutoring to the K-5 kids. By helping meet this need, we can focus on the education we provide to the kids, work to keep Robberson kids off the street, and help promote the sustainability of the Robberson School.
Today, over 60 students from Missouri State University are committed to Robberson. These students come from different areas of study, including Criminology, Math, Reading, Spanish, and Theatre. Working closely with faculty, these students are dedicated to bringing knowledge, role models, and fun times to the students at Robberson.