EDUCATIONAL CRISIS DUE TO COVID-19 | HELP US SUPPORT OUR YOUTH DURING THIS TIME OF NEED
We are all dealing with the uncertainty around coronavirus (COVID-19). It is a global health crisis that affects everyone, particularly members living in poverty situations, older people, persons with disabilities and youth, just to name a few.
The crisis has forced us to reduce contact to save lives. Which has led to a stay-at-home order issued for all non-essential businesses, cancellation of programs and events, as well as schools and other educational institutions to be closed through the remaining academic school year.
Like many businesses and organizations, the COVID-19 outbreak crisis has severely impacted Rising Stars of America. As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, we depend upon the public support, donations, sponsorships, and grants to help raise critical funds for the causes we support to youth and their families in the community. Without being able to host our signature in person events to connect with donors we cannot raise enough revenue to sustain our programs, services and community-wide events. In addition, there has been a steep decline in contributions due to lack of employment of our donors. Furthermore, because the COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis most of the emergency grant funds we would qualify for will be primarily be allocated to food banks and medical service providers.
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak forcing mass school closings in the Greater Cincinnati Area and across the nation, educators, parents and community leaders are in panic that their children are without the basic needs to be successful in school with the digital divide that will likely leave some students left behind. This applies especially to economically disadvantaged students, children with autism, and other learning delays/challenges. To complicate matters further, summer learning loss (also known as summer slide) becomes a discouraging factor. The phenomenon of “summer learning loss” has long been noted: when students return to school in the fall, some of the knowledge they have acquired before the summer is lost. Summer learning loss can leave low-income students 2-3 years behind their peers. Students who fall behind over the summer are less likely to graduate from high school or attend college.
Although this is truly an unprecedented time in our nation, it does not mean our kids have to lose out. Our organization has spent the past several years supporting students, parents, educators and the community. Rising Stars of America (RSOA) understands that by having access to books assists in developing basic reading skills and influences a child’s educational success. Building in home libraries will help children build vocabulary, increase awareness and comprehension, and expand horizons positively impacting them inside and outside of the classroom.
To continue this important work, and support at-home learning, we are launching our Project L.I.T. fundraiser to help raise critical funds so RSOA can maintain its support of our educators, students, and parents this spring and summer. We believe that by providing books, writing materials, school supplies, hands-on and online learning resources, our youth will have many benefits. These benefits include: an increase in literacy skills, maintain learning gains, reduction/prevention of the high school dropout rate, increase in graduation rates, achievement of higher test scores, increase in job proficiency, fostering of long-term economic growth and reduction of wide spread homelessness. In addition, more students will have the opportunity to attend college, technical school and vocational schools to embark on a successful career and life.
Join us in making a difference in our community! Donate today to Project L.I.T. (Learners Igniting Tomorrow). Donations made are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
To learn more information about Project L.I.T and our organization, please visit our website at www.risingstarsofamerica.com or like and follow us on Facebook.
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