Flushing High School receives a welcome boost

October 14, 2012 by  

Last month, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced a $300,000 grant from AT&T would be used to support a program at Flushing High School sponsored by The Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF).

Youth at high-risk of dropping out of school are the target audience of the SASF’s efforts. By providing access to high-quality sports and arts experiences in the hours before and after school, the programming is designed to boost participants’ classroom performance and improve the overall high-school completion and graduation rates. This current funding will support SASF in working with 100 freshman students during this school year. In addition to supporting individual counseling and college and career readiness activities, the grant will also provide the monies needed to hire a program coordinator.

At the announcement ceremony, Chancellor Walcott noted:

“It is critical that our students receive support to help prepare them for college and a career. I want to thank AT&T and the SASF for investing in our students and creating programs that help them succeed. This partnership is an example of how we must continue to work together to close the opportunity gap for our students.”

Whether it is a national corporation such as the communications giant AT&T, or a local print company right in the neighborhood, employers of all sizes have a vested interest in an educated workforce. To this end, businesses across the country have teamed-up with schools and service providers to invest in programs and technology ideas that look promising when it comes to keeping kids in school.

For Flushing High School, this latest infusion of dollars for student support services comes at a critical time when need is especially high and resources are low.