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Rotary Club of Innsbrook Presents Grant to Jackson-Feild

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook presents Terron Watkins, Assistant Director of Development, a check in the amount of $1,700 to be used for expenses related to GED prep and testing for students at Jackson-Feild’s Gwaltney School.

For the majority of students at Jackson-Feild’s on-campus Gwaltney School, chronic mental health disorders, frequent hospitalizations, and out-of-school suspensions have interrupted and hampered their education.  These grant funds in the amount of $­­­1,700 from the Rotary Club of Innsbrook will be used to help former residents prepare for and pass the GED exam. On average five to ten students each year earn their GED and return to Jackson-Feild to “walk” in the annual graduation ceremony.

Most of the children at Jackson-Feild have no family on whom they can depend. It’s imperative they complete their education and earn either a diploma or GED. A diploma, though, is often not realistic because they don’t have sufficient credits to meet graduation requirements. This leaves only the GED as an option.

From the first day of enrollment at Gwaltney School, every effort is made to prepare students to take the GED exam.  We have a staff member dedicated to the task of helping the boys and girls earn their GED even after they leave Jackson-Feild. She is available by phone for consultation and instruction, and she enlists community tutors to work with students in their home localities. At a cost of $170 per student, Jackson-Feild purchases GED workbooks, pays tutors, and covers the cost of the GED Practice Test as well as the actual GED test.

Jackson-Feild thanks the members of the Rotary Club of Innsbrook for investing in its children, and for recognizing and supporting the good work that takes place on its campus and in its school.

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