Between the hugs and the excited chatter, the question “where are you going to college?” could be heard throughout the crowd at the April 27th ceremony hosted by Moorings Park. Students answered with the name of their future college/university with a smile on their face, and an excited glint in their eye.
The 35 graduates had fulfilled their commitment through Take Stock in Children of meeting with their mentor, remaining drug and crime free, and had maintained a good GPA. Many of these students not only met their commitments, but excelled by maintaining honor roll grades, participating in clubs and community service, as well as having part time jobs.
“The Take Stock program saw the potential in me as a student, and for that I will forever be grateful,” says Patricia Morejon, a Take Stock graduate who spoke on behalf of the senior class. “With the help of my mentor and Champions For Learning I will be attending the University of South Florida next fall to study pre-med. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without this program.”
In addition, the 2016 graduating class was named in honor of Senator Garrett Richter. Through his early involvement with The Education Foundation and his public service, he continues to advocate for investments in opportunities for students, and supported those matching opportunities through the Florida Legislature for Take Stock in Children and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.
“An education is a tremendous asset that these young men and women will carry with them everywhere they go. It’s an asset that they can grow throughout their lives,” says Senator Richter. “It cannot be stolen, misplaced or lost. It will be their greatest asset as they journey through life. An education is knowledge and knowledge is power.”
The Take Stock in Children program of Champions For Learning identifies students with economic needs who have the potential to do well in school but lack the support to excel. These students are matched with adult volunteer mentors from the community. When students fulfill their commitments upon high school graduation the student earns a two-year Florida state college scholarship. Click here to view photos from the event.
Our community has the opportunity to help students attain their post-secondary education and career goals. Be a Champion. Please consider investing in the future of a local student. To make a financial gift or to find out about becoming a mentor, click here.