Though we can’t believe it’s already three weeks into the new school year, we just received some incredible photos from the first day of school that we couldn’t wait to share with you! The amazing photographer Hillary Johnson joined us on the first day where she was able to capture some great photos of our students. Please see below for some of these photos.

Some other updates:

1) We were also so proud for RBA to be featured on the ABC news this week for our coding program that we are offering in partnership with Saggezza and 0Gravity. Take a look at this 2 minute clip to watch and learn more.

2) Some of you have been asking how you can help with needs related to school supplies and books. Please check out our Amazon wish list where anyone interested can purchase an item off this list which will be sent directly to our school. Many thanks in advance to anyone who wishes to support!

3) RBA is looking for individuals to come in weekly to volunteer as a reading tutor to work with our students. For more information, please hit reply to this email and we would love to talk to you further.

Lastly, as reading is such a pivotal part of RBA, I thought it would be fun to give a sneak peek into what we are reading over here at Ryan Banks Academy! Going forward, we will share some occasional insights into the best books read by our students and staff (both in the classroom, and out of schooll). To kick things off, I wanted to share two books that I read recently and highly endorse. The author of What Schools Could Be: Insights and Inspiration From Schools Across America, Ted Dintersmith, traveled to all 50 states to explore what type of innovation is truly possible when teachers and schools dare to think differently. This book is a must-read for anyone in education!

I also thoroughly enjoyed Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight. I was astonished to read about Phil and Nike’s humble beginnings, and how many seemingly insurmountable obstacles the company faced before they grew into the behemoth that it is today. RBA’s journey has also been full of many hurdles, but we’ve learned the power of undying passion and persistence and I was inspired to see how Phil and his company grew from absolutely nothing to where they are today.

If you’ve read any good books recently, feel free to send any recommendations our way!

Many thanks,
Val Groth
RBA Founder & CEO