The students here at Hurt Park are faced with difficult situations many adults would have trouble managing. Many of our students, who range from ages 5-10 years old, are in situations where they are taking care of younger siblings, dealing with extreme traumatic events that they have either been a witness to or a victim of. Majority of our students come from low income homes. All of our students here at Hurt Park receive free breakfast and lunch.
Many of our students struggle to stay ahead academically due to the hardships they face in their homes, but that doesn't stop them from working hard and truly showing how amazing they are.
They put forth an immense amount of effort to be successful. This field day will give our students the opportunity to forget about what they are dealing with in their home lives and enjoy their being children working together and making new friends.
With your support, we hope to provide 30 of our finest 5th grade students with the opportunity to visit several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in April 2020. The schools we are scheduled to visit this year include Virginia State University and Virginia Union University.
For many of our students coming from a Title 1 school, access to academic and financial resources from their communities are limited.
Many of our students do not know people who have attended college, and often the people that they do know are the school staff. As such, we aspire to use these relationships as a pathway to help our students gain exposure to higher education, and the long-term opportunities that it may provide for them.
Understanding the benefits of being taught by teachers who share their identities, we also desire for our students to visit colleges and universities that historically were established to serve the African American community. As educators in inner-city Roanoke, we know the importance of our students to see themselves on college campuses. Our students will have an opportunity to learn from student testimonies, and experience the unique cultures of HBCUs. Not only does this encourage our students toward a promising future, but it also serves to remind them that they are not defined or limited by their life experiences.
To accomplish these goals, we need your help! Please consider making a financial contribution to support our students as they attend their first college tours. In addition to sponsoring a child, you can also donate toward meals, transportation, lodging, or the overall cause.
Your funding is sincerely appreciated, as this is an opportunity that we are excited to offer out amazing students!
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