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Miracle Makers is an after-school and summer learning program that aims to unlock a student’s full potential through academic remediation, cognitive and social/emotional development, enrichment opportunities, and family supports. 

The program is conducted at Ruskin PreK-6 Neighborhood School for three hours a day after school and 5 hours a day for six weeks during the summers.  Key service partners include Greater Dayton YMCA, Family Services Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, University of Dayton, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra ("Q the Music").    

Miracle Maker students engage in two hours of math and reading intervention daily using evidenced-based curriculum delivered by certified teachers. Our teacher to student ratios are 1:10. Each Miracle Maker student has a Miracle Maker Education Plan which identifies goals created by parents, students, and teachers. Activities include academic centers, independent reading time, individual and small group tutoring, Furry Reading Buddies, Book Clubs, and more. 

Students also have their choice of very popular SPARKs workshops, which are project-based, integrated, hands-on learning activities linked to Common Core standards. These include:

  • Q the Music (students learn to play viola, violin and cello)

  • Engineering and design

  • MakerSpace

  • Science experiments

  • Junior Achievement

  • Lego League

  • Fine arts

  • Chess

  • Coding

  • Sports/Dance/Movement

  • Forensic Science

  • Around the World

  • Spanish

  • Sign Language

  • Theater and Drama

  • Ballet


Contact Ellen Mays at or 937.259.1898

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