The Children’s Scholarship Fund recently released it’s 2016-2017 Annual Report. Read the full report here.
I used to be the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at one of CSF-C’s participating partner schools – that’s where I first saw the impact of CSF-C dollars which changes the trajectory of economically disadvantaged children’s lives.
I want to tell you a true story about a girl whom I will call “Charlotte”. I met Charlotte and her mom when they were looking for a school. Charlotte was a timid second grader who kept her head down, not making eye contact easily, and said that she didn’t like school very much. Her mom said that Charlotte was so quiet and obedient in the classroom that she wasn’t getting noticed, receiving direction or being encouraged by her teachers. Charlotte’s mom knew that her daughter needed a smaller environment where she could feel comfortable, be heard and have the opportunity to thrive.
I scheduled Charlotte’s day-long visit to my school. On that day, I escorted the shy little girl to the classroom to begin what would be a life-changing experience for her. At the end of the day, a “different” child came back to my office – she was excited, enthusiastic and engaged, and couldn’t stop talking to me about the friends she had made and the teachers she had worked with during that time. When her mom arrived to pick her up, Charlotte begged to come back to our school the next day.
We accepted Charlotte for the next school year; however her mom couldn’t conceive how she would be able to afford the tuition – she already worked two jobs and was living pay check to pay check. With CSF-C’s funding and the school’s financial aid, Charlotte’s mom decided that she was able to manage the tuition and accepted enrollment into my school. They both brought the contract to my office and Charlotte gave me the tightest hug I’ve ever received!
Charlotte graduated from our eighth grade and is now very successful in her CMS high school. Through CSF-C’s funding, Charlotte was allowed to attend the school where she could be taught how she best learned and enabled her to reach her highest potential. This is my wish for all the economically disadvantaged girls and boys in Mecklenburg County who are assigned to a school where they’re getting “lost” and are at risk of dropping out in high school.
I want you to know that 100% of your dollars to CSF-C are dedicated to scholarships, giving hope and opportunity to 356 children last year. Is there any better return on investment that will impact our community more? As our children are our future, please join us in providing educational options to economically disadvantaged children so that they are given a chance to succeed and become productive citizens in society.