The Road to College program was developed to reach students early in their educational careers and begins involving them during junior high school. The program works with families and students encouraging them to think about and plan for post-secondary education. It is a rigorous six week summer "boot camp" that promotes a culture of high expectations, providing students with instruction in reading, writing, math, supportive guidance and physical activity.
Research demonstrates that economically disadvantaged students lose gains made during the school year when they lack exposure to academic enrichment activities over the summer. Furthermore, a majority of kids who drop out of school tend to do so following their freshman year in High School. Through the Road to College Program, partially funded through a Rotary District 5790 Grant in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls, this project grew from 20 students to over 100 students over 4 years. This project will take place during the summer of 2020 and will continue at Midwestern State University to serve at least 110 students, if not more, depending on funding.
The Total Budget from all sources is expected to be >$55,000. The estimated contribution from SW Rotary of Wichita Falls is $7,500, which comes from club contributions as well as from shared revenues of our Flag Program where the Road to College mentors and Students help put out/collect flags. And we are requesting $2,500 from a District Grant.