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Social Justice

Forward Scholars – STP November 2023

Our November Share the Plate partner is Common Ground’s Forward Scholars program.

The pandemic changed the course of kids’ lives in many ways and had a devastating effect on education. Many kids fell behind and are still working to get back on track. Time is not on their side. Studies show if a child cannot read age-appropriate books by the end of third grade, they will struggle with reading their entire lives.

Thanks to many dedicated staff leaders and volunteer tutors, Forward Scholars was a resounding success in the 2022-23 school year. Students in the program grew an average of 3.3 reading levels versus an expected 2 levels for a year of classroom instruction. That means a Forward Scholars student starting at a late 1st grade level would be at a mid-3rd grade level after a year of tutoring.

An expanded 2023-24 program will work with 180 students at seven MPS schools to provide 1:1 support for K-3rd graders.

As the window of time between kindergarten and third grade closes, your generous financial support will help put kids back on a path to lifelong success.

Contribute securely online at this link, or mail or bring your check to First Church made payable to “Common Ground” with “Forward Scholars” in the memo line. We’ll forward your contribution to the Forward Scholars program.

Lynde Uihlein
Share the Plate Committee

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