"Never discourage anyone..who continually makes progress, no matter how slow" -Plato
WWAB volunteering in the district began in February 2016 with kindergarten and 1st-grade student tutoring in math at the WW Primary North Elementary School. Typical was once-a-week tutoring in 12 two-hour sessions with three students for 20 minutes each, resulting in 144 tutor-student contact hours. Five volunteers came forward in 2017, resulting in a total of 330 student-tutor contact hours. In 2018, K-2 math and reading tutoring were provided by five volunteers meeting for 13-15 weeks, again resulting in over 300 student-tutor contact hours.
In July of 2018, however, the WWAB Board elected to explore the school board’s interest in having their high school students provided SAT Prep training by our organization as a way to contribute more directly to student achievement than primary level tutoring. We offered to provide the training free of charge and, since the district itself was unable to afford it, our offer was accepted in principle, conditioned on the preparation of a plausible plan of action. WWAB issued a request for a proposal to two vendors to create a plan for Winton Woods. One of the vendors was chosen in October, and the first SAT Prep training was inaugurated in January of 2019. A second series of classes over 2019 Christmas Break was conducted in an accelerated Bootcamp format.
Both classes were led by Ms. Chelsea Clark, a project coordinator in the Cincinnati Public School district and the Owner/Executive Director of Docere4Parents. All training materials, including an SAT Study Guide and study binder, were provided completely free of charge, paid for by booster dues and donations from individuals and private corporations. The free use of the City of Forest Park’s Fire Department Training Room throughout 2019 was evidence that the City Administration was behind our effort.
Based on a bond issue that had been passed in 2016, a new 7-12 grade Middle/High School building was constructed and opened on March 8, 2021. On March 30, after Spring Break, in-person classes were resumed with Covid-19 pandemic mitigation protocols mandated. With approval and assistance from the school administration SAT Prep classes were able to be held in the new Winton Woods North Campus April 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 8, and 15, 2021 in a classroom provided free of charge, along with custodial services, at a value of $1,370. The top picture on the HOME page shows the students who completed the 2021 class.
Five of the seven members of the Class of 2022 are shown in the bottom picture on the HOME page. At the end of that year out-of-pocket expenses had been $9,669; revenues had been $9,293. This reduced end-of-year assets from $3,528 to $3,152.
The largest expenses—$2,087 and $1,827, respectively—were for hand-out and mail-out campaign literature and yard sign design in support of May and November Winton Woods School District Operating Levy campaigns. Other major expenses were $1,302 for SAT Prep instruction, $1,150 for wwboosters.org website upgrade, and $1,000 for classroom custodial service.
Largest revenue sources were $5,325 in anonymous donor gifts, in part designated for the levy campaigns, and $2,500 from a Duke Energy Foundation grant. The largest “In Kind” donation was $1,875 from the Winton Woods City School District.