The Rhodes Learning Corridor (RLC) includes partnerships with the neighborhoods adjacent to campus, four nearby public schools and other neighboring community and educational organizations, in an effort to provide learning opportunities for Rhodes students and to extend these educational opportunities beyond the classroom and into the immediate Memphis community.
The work done by Learning Corridor fellows knows no bounds. It is as broad and limitless as students’ hearts and empathy will allow. Schools are a primary focus of the Learning Corridor and those that fall into its domain are Cypress Middle, Springdale Elementary, Snowden, the charter school Promise Academy and, just outside the geographical boundaries, Central High School. There are tutoring programs within all of the schools, and many Rhodes students have “adopted” a Snowden student to work with in a mentoring capacity for up to four years as part of the signature Kinney Adopt-a-Friend program.
The Learning Corridor is a popular program and extends to students across the board, giving elementary and middle school students a broad spectrum of interests to consider. Science is of special interest and Rhodes has sent hundreds of students from three of these schools to Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, via the NASA Stars program. Another initiative is Science Saturdays at Springdale in which Rhodes students and faculty take the kids and their parents on field trips to places across Memphis such as Lichterman Nature Center, Mud Island River Park, the Memphis Zoo and the Children’s Museum of Memphis to have learning
In addition, the Urban Studies Program can provide assistance with Geographic Information System (GIS) and other available data.