First 2019 SAT Prep Class (Feb. – Mar.) as the Closing Ceremony (Mar. 17) in the Forest Park Senior Center
The Winton Woods Achievement Boosters is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization independent of the Winton Woods City School District that was formed in 2015 by a board of alumni, parents, teachers with ties to the district. Its mission is to help the Winton Woods School District raise student achievement, to recognize and support the student scholars and their teachers, and to impact positively the images and economies of Forest Park, Greenhills, and Springfield Township’s northern neighborhoods.
WWAB Coronavirus Update
2020 Training. After concluding the SAT Christmas Break Boot camp January 4, 2020 (see ABOUT US), we were forced by COVID-19 to cancel all classes in 2020.
2021 Training. We think the College Board student test taking distance requirement, a mask requirement, and the vaccine rollout now in progress will permit us to start a full SAT Prep series in the new Winton Woods High School building April 3 this year. The location for our classes will depend on the outcome of discussions presently in progress with the Winton Woods City School District Administration. We are expecting we will have more space than the Forest Park Fire Department Training Room, where classes were held previously.
Course Design. The course design will include Pre- and a Post-training practice tests, Mar. 21 and Apr. 25, respectively, plus four weeks of three-hour instruction sessions, currently planned for Sunday afternoons 2:00 – 5:00 pm Mar. 28, Apr. 4, Apr. 11, and Apr. 18. There will be an Open House Mar. 7 to explain our program to parents and prospective students and a Closing Ceremony May 2.
Financial Assets. Our financial assets, augmented this past May by a $4,625 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, enable us to think we can afford to rent high school space, pay the salary of an Instructor, and purchase the supplies and materials that as many as 20 students would need. In addition to monetary and In Kind contributions from friends of the program, we have two steady cash revenue streams. These are the Total Quality Logistics Matching Gift Program (with donations from two of that company’s full-time employees) and the Kroger Family of Stores Community Rewards Program (with five households participating). Entering our sixth year as a nonprofit, our General Fund now amounts to $6,558.62.
Special Recognition. The Winton Woods City School District achieved special Cincinnati Enquirer recognition Nov. 9 when area high school seniors were named 2021 National Merit semifinalists. One of these was Nicolantonio (Nico) Prentosito, son of Tina and Dave Prentosito. Nico and his sister Aversa (2018 WW valedictorian, now a student at Miami University, Oxford) recently created a non-profit named Scholar Power to provide free workshops for interested WW sophomores and juniors that they would like us to help them finance. We will explore this potential program extension of our mission with them.
Brandon H. Wiers
Feb. 1, 2021