Community Resources

On-site partnerships

Southern Connecticut State University

Through our unique partnership with Southern Connecticut State University as a University Magnet School, students at Obama receive support from future educators in a dynamic learning environment and inspire and develop the next generation of teachers.  There are many student groups at SCSU who facilitate book drives and service projects that directly benefit our students and school community.  In addition, our students have many experiences that can be provided to them because we are on a college campus.  

code haven at yale

Code Haven's mission is to inclusively increase access to computer science education in local schools.  We are happy to be one of the local schools who have partnered with Code Haven.  As a result of this partnership, our students have the opportunity to learn lessons on computer science principles, write programs in Scratch, and discuss careers in STEM.  

Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts program at Strong provides extended learning opportunities, team building, and character development to boys in grades 1 through 4. The boys are provided mentorship by a troop leader who leads the boys in fun activities in a positive, educational setting, including games, arts and crafts, and character building lessons. Participants are also offered the opportunity to go on trips throughout the duration of programming during the year, as well as the opportunity to attend Boy Scouts summer camp.

Carson Scholars Fund

The Ben Carson Reading Project is an initiative of the Carson Scholars Fund. We are the only school in Connecticut with a Ben Carson Reading Room.  This room creates a literacy enriched environment for children to develop their reading skills. The project is dedicated to promoting leisure reading as a key to unlocking a child's full potential.

 

Off-site partnerships

Yale sustainable food program - seed to salad

The Seed to Salad program welcomes our second grade students to the Yale Farm for a series of visists designed to teach them about plant anatomy, seed cycles, composting and nutrition.  As part of their learning, students plant seeds and cultivate them over a seven-week period before harvesting to be eaten as part of a salad, topped with homemade dressing.

Boys and Girls Club

At the Boys and Girls Club after school program, Strong students are offered after school supervision, mentoring, activities, and homework help. Volunteers from nearby universities such as Yale and SCSU serve as tutors for students, and one-on-one mentors are available for students, as well. The after school program also provides physical activity each day in their gym and activities room. Students enrolled in the program may take a bus after school to the Boys and Girls Club site. Scholarships are available, and Care4Kids is accepted.

Farnam Neighborhood house

The after school program at Farnam Neighborhood House provides students with social, recreational, and educational activities in a supervised environment. Activities provided include homework help, arts and crafts, team sports, dance, field trips, and more. Programming runs after school from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and care is also provided on school holidays. Students enrolled in the program may take a bus after school to the Farnam Neighborhood House site.

Leap

LEAP provides after school programming at five different sites throughout New Haven. Their program offers homework help, skill-building educational activities, arts, athletics, technology, and more. LEAP participants are also given the opportunity to join different “clubs.” Students enrolled in the program may take a bus after school to the LEAP site at which they are enrolled.