BENEFITING: HARLEM LACROSSE AND LEADERSHIP CORPORATION
THANK YOU FOR COMPLETELY FUNDING DARIEN'S TUTORING FOR HIS FIRST YEAR AT GILMAN!! YOU DID IT!!
Darien Lawson, one of my former students, is a ninth grader who recently graduated from the Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School, a public turnaround school, in Baltimore City. He just started attending the Gilman School, a private college prep school for boys, on a scholarship. In addition to attending Gilman, Darien is one of only eight scholars in the Baltimore chapter of Boys Hope Girls Hope, a privately funded, non-profit organization that provides at-risk children with a stable home and parental-like support.
A few more facts about Darien:
- Darien is passionate about math, lacrosse, poetry, the drums, and football.
- This past year, Darien was captain of three sports teams and helped lead Commodore's football and lacrosse teams to the city championship.
- Darien mantains his own poetry blog, http://lawsonthepoet.wordpress.com.
- In 2013, Darien met one of his idols, author and US Army veteran Wes Moore at Johns Hopkins University.
- Darien is a member of the first group of students at Commodore to be named a Commodore Collegiate three consecutive years at the middle school level.
- Despite the fact that Darien is from Baltimore, his favorite football team is the Indianapolis Colts. He also loves Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.
- Darien is excited about going to college and has already picked out Yale University as his top choice when he attends college in the fall of 2018.
Despite his academic potential, athletic talent, and overall maturity, Darien will still need significant support to make sure he can excel at Gilman as his family, teachers, and coaches already know he can. The Harlem Lacrosse League (HLL), a school-based non-profit organization that provides academic intervention, leadership training, and lacrosse to at-risk students in New York, is branching out to Baltimore and is supporting Darien academically and athletically at Gilman. To help Darien be successful, HLL will facilitate intense, structured one-on-one tutoring throughout the school year. The tutoring will supplement regular academic instruction at Gilman and help ensure that Darien will be able to succeed in the classroom at one of the most challenging schools in Maryland.
And that is where you come in.
Tutoring for Darien over the course of the school year will cost approximately $5,000. As his former teacher, advisor, and coach who knows first-hand what Darien is capable of and how much he will benefit from the tutoring, I have donated $500, but that still leaves $4500. I am confident that Darien will succeed, but he needs the support in order to do so. I am asking that each of you give what you can toward his tutoring over the 2014-15 academic year. As we all already know, the playing field is anything but fair, and, at Gilman, Darien will be surrounded by students who grew up more fortunate than him. Anything that you can give can, in at least a small way, help level that playing field and give him the chance that he and all kids in Baltimore deserve.
Your donation will go directly to the Harlem Lacrosse League, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is completely tax deductible.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!