Since 2011, Taft has contributed and pledged more than $450,000 to Ralph Waldo Emerson School 58. The funds help support a full-time community/school coordinator, a part-time parent liaison/after-school assistant, funding for additional after-school programs, transportation home from those programs and more. In addition, Taft employees volunteer at the school in many different ways.
Following is a summary of activities and academic progress for the 2012-2013 school year:
- 11 after-school programs were offered each semester. Four other Taft-funded programs were offered as well during the school year.
- 42% of the students were enrolled in after-school programs.
- Transportation home was provided for approximately 134 students enrolled in after-school programs. These buses also helped transport students that were part of the Project 75 tutoring program who otherwise may have not been able to participate.
- In addition, Taft funding helped provide transportation for additional enrichment programs during the school day, including a trip to the Indianapolis Art Center and the Federal Courthouse.
- In partnership with the United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IPS Police Department and Reach for Youth, Taft created a law exploratory and career readiness program for sixth graders. Students learned about various career opportunities in law and safety and took a field trip to the federal courthouse.
- Taft recognized eight Taft scholars for second semester grades.
- Taft also honored 14 students for most improved in their classroom over the course of the school year.
- 69% of the students who participated in Project Seed achieved grade level math scores on the Acuity assessment.
- 82% of the students in Project Seed showed positive gains on post-test scores compared to pre-test scores. 73% of the students showed more than an 11 point gain.
- 100% of the behavior grades of students who participated in Taft-funded after-school programming were consistent or improved during the school year.
- Students involved in Taft-funded programming were twice as likely as their peers to improve behavior by two letter grades.
- 169 parents attended nine scheduled parent workshops that provided instructional tips for parents to support their child's academic success.
- Teachers spent many hours visiting 61 homes with a total of 76 students. The parent liaison conducted 85 home visits, and the combined number is an increase of 32% over last year’s home visits.
- Taft employees volunteered at ReadUP, Cub Scouts, the first day of school and other school programs.
- Taft provided underwriting support for 119 students in grades 4-6 to attend a performance of Jackie and Me at the IRT in January.
- Taft provided the school with Indiana Ice tickets to use as incentives and other rewards for students and families.
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