Newsletter November 2010

Newsletter November 2010

Field trip to Gonzaga
Field trip to Gonzaga
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Dear Friends,

We’ve embarked on our third school year with REACH students from Lidgerwood who are now fourth graders. It truly feels like the seeds we are planting are starting to grow. When comparing our students 2009-2010 progress scores to the previous 3rd grade scores (2008-2009), Lidgerwood ranked 3rd out of the 17 Spokane School District Title I schools for percentage meeting math standards compared to 10th out of 17 for the previous class and ranked 5th out of 17 for reading compared to 17th out of 17 for the previous class. Of 40 students tested, 24 (60%) met expected standards in both reading and math, 3 students did not meet standards in either, and the rest met expected standards in one, but not the other. This year we are focusing on additional efforts to help all students improve their reading.

Since fourth grade classes can be larger and several students have moved (but are still involved with REACH), there are 17 new students to whom we are offering after school tutoring at the Boys and Girls Club but cannot offer college tuition assistance at this time. They are invited to participate in all the dropout prevention and enrichment activities REACH provides at Lidgerwood and the Club.

We are honored that Spokane School District has chosen Reach for the Future! as “Partner of the Month” for November. We are also pleased to have two new board members—Bob Finn, Alumni Director at Gonzaga University and Jon Lemberg, CFO of Inland Construction Company. REACH is thrilled to inform you that our Project Coordinator, Lauren Umbdenstock, married Griffin Garske in September and is now Lauren Garske. Griffin volunteers as a lunch buddy and coach for our students.

Financially we have been fortunate and are weathering the recession. Although individual donations have on the whole been smaller, we continue to have more donors. Our auction in June was more successful than last year’s. In 2009, our total revenue was $154,550. To date we have raised $141,946 for 2010. Since it’s inception, REACH has raised almost $700,00.00 and deposited $360,00.00 in the state of Washington Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program. We have enough GET units to pay for the first year of college for all 46 REACH students. With the GET units increasing in price every year, it is imperative that we continue to attract more donors.

REACH is truly a collaborative endeavor that works because of many partnerships—Spokane School District, Lidgerwood, Boys and Girls Club, Durham Bus Services, over 50 tutors, more than forty lunch buddies, a dedicated auction committee, a variety of college volunteers and many more of you who are committed to help support and nurture 46 youngsters toward a hopeful future. We are grateful for your generosity of time, expertise and donations. The fruits of our labor are beginning to blossom.

Paul and Neice Schafer Frank and Patsy Etter Irv and Angie Zakheim