The nonprofit Roots and Wings recently received a $5,000 donation from Pike & Lustig LLP. The grant was specifically designated for the organization’s Project UpLift program, which is dedicated to helping children with reading and reading comprehension skills.
Michael Pike, managing partner at Pike & Lustig, presented the $5,000 check at Freedom Shores Elementary School, which will provide an afterschool class of second graders, or 10 students, at the Title 1 school with afterschool tutoring.
Project UpLift employs each school’s own certified teachers, who already know their students’ unique challenges and how best to overcome them. The program allows teachers to address components not included in the school day, such as fundamental phonics, in small groups. This free program meets students at the level they are currently at, rewards small gains to build confidence, encourages incremental progress and celebrates successes.
“We are so excited about receiving this grant,” said Ted Hoskinson, founder of Roots and Wings. “We are honored that Michael Pike and his law firm, Pike & Lustig, understand our deep commitment to improving the lives of students struggling with reading. The No. 1 predictor of a student’s success in school is the ability to pass the third grade FSA in reading. If they don’t pass, there is a 74 percent chance that student will not graduate from high school. This grant will help us change more lives.”
Project UpLift is currently operating at nine Title 1 schools. Learn more at www.rootsandwingsinc.org.
“There is nothing more critical in our local community than giving our youth the tools they need to read, learn and excel,” Pike said. “Our firm is honored to be able to help a class of elementary school students as well as the teachers, who work to empower them every single day.”
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