At our Board of Directors meetings, we generally have a “Mission Minute”, where board members hear firsthand how one of our grants has affected students. At last week’s meeting, Mrs. Natasha Mikus, Assistant Principal of Eastwood Middle School, presented on the FINO program, a Fall 2014 Foundation grant recipient. FINO, which stands for Failure Is Not an Option, is an after school program that was initiated to address 6,000 missing assignments and resultant poor academic performance. With help from teachers and access to technology, Eastwood saw a 64% reduction in missing assignments and a reduction in failing grades after the initiation of FINO. This is especially noteworthy since these results occurred during third marking period, a historically weak academic quarter. Eastwood bus drivers are part of the mix – they know which students are supposed to be in FINO and if they’re on the bus, they’re reminded to go back into school for the after school enrichment.
Mrs. Mikus was accompanied by Julius, an Eastwood 7th grader, who admitted to being skeptical at first, because he didn’t want to stay after school…but then, he said, it turned out not to be so bad, and he was getting all his work done with help from teachers in a quiet setting. He’s accomplished so much he’s even telling all his friends to stay after school for the FINO program. Both Julius and Mrs. Mikus thanked the Foundation for the grant and its very positive impact.
YOUR GIFTS AT WORK…Donations to the Annual Fund and proceeds raised by our events fund grants like this one. The GREAT NORTH RUN is this Saturday, March 14, 2015. This is why we run.