I had the great honor of attending yesterday’s REACH Prep benefit luncheon. See below for REACH Prep’s mission statement:
“REACH Prep helps motivated and talented Black and Latino students from low to moderate income families gain admission to and thrive in competitive independent schools in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and The Bronx. Upon placement, students benefit from an eight-year educational continuum–including comprehensive academic enrichment, leadership training and supplementary individual and family guidance–which prepares them to succeed at competitive colleges.”
REACH Prep scholars are chosen from a large pool of applicants; chosen participants participate in an intensive fifteen-month program including two six-week summer sessions and Saturday classes throughout the school year. There is no fee for partipation in the program as all expenses are covered through individual and corporate donations.
Sacred Heart, one of the founding members of REACH Prep, is one of twenty-five independent schools that supports the program. We currently have four REACH Prep scholars in the Middle School and look forward to having two more girls join us for the 2012-2013 school year. Yesterday’s luncheon featured information on the accomplishments of previous REACH Prep scholars and served as a great reminder of our call to provide a quality education for all children. It also reminded me of Sacred Heart foundress Sr. Sophie Barat’s words: “I would have founded the society for the sake of a single child.”
For more information, or to support REACH Prep, visit their website.