"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.
WWAB financial assets at the end of 2019 were augmented in May 2020 by a $4,625 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. However, due to Covid-19, the City of Forest Park had already closed its offices in March 2020, including the Fire Department Training Room. Consequently, in-person training became impossible. So, no SAT Prep classes were held in calendar 2020. Before the 2020 – 2021 school year was over, nonetheless, we began planning to provide a new and improved course and issued a Request for Proposal. Two responses were received by the March 1, 2021, deadline, from Learning Enrichment & Assistance Program (LEAP), Inc. and Scholar Power, each of whom was awarded a partial contract.
Based on a bond issue that had been passed in 2016, a new 7-12 grade Middle and 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 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, in a classroom provided free of charge, along with custodial services, at a value of $1,370.