In July 2001 Rose State College reached out to adopt Telstar and Willow Brook Elementary Schools. Both schools were identified as “at risk” schools by the Oklahoma City Public School District. These are schools with limited resources and tremendous needs. In the 2000-2001 academic year, 95% of Telstar’s students and 99.2% of Willow Brook’s students were economically deprived. In addition to dealing with the students’ economic realities, their achievement scores were well below the 70th percentile. Although the schools have many needs, the most critical need as determined by Telstar and Willow Brook’s principals was personal involvement. The principals emphasized the importance of tutoring and mentoring for students. Understanding that mastering reading and math is essential to all occupations and to the lives of the students, College staff set out to focus on these areas. The adopted school program encourages at-risk students not only by providing support to build academic skills and role models and mentors, but also by building self-esteem and confidence. Community involvement not only adds diversity of resources but also strengthens the core of the program.
If you would be interested in helping “make a difference in a child’s life” please call 733-7373 between 8a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or email Joanne Stafford- JoanneStafford@rose.edu
“You give but little when you give your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” - The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.