Scholarship Program Transform Students’ Academic Achievements

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Kirby Tremekia almost cannot believe the transformation she has seen in her children—and in their school’s environment—since transferring her kids to Redemptorist Elementary School in Baton Rouge.

At their old school, Tremekia was incredibly disappointed in the atmosphere. She wasn’t able to get the kind of help her daughter, Jakiera, needed, leaving them both exasperated.

“They wouldn’t help me with her dyslexia. No one helped her with reading or homework,” Tremekia said. “Jakiera got in trouble a lot, and it was very frustrating for her because the class was moving on and she was still stuck.”

It’s impossible to miss the positive changes in fourth-grade Jakiera since switching schools. Now, she’s behaving in school and her grades have come all the way up to As and Bs.

“Her teacher explains things to her and lets her knew it’s okay to ask questions. When she was in her old school, she was ashamed to ask questions, and now she has more confidence in herself. Now she says, ‘I can do it!’” Tremekia said.

Tremekia’s son, Jai, who is in the sixth grade, has made major improvements as well. His spelling and reading have improved, and now he knows how to add double digits. Tremekia could not be a prouder mom:

“My son got his progress report yesterday, and his reading level is on the sixth grade now. When he went into the program, he was only on a first-grade level, and he’s grown five grade levels in two years.”

“My son got his progress report yesterday, and his reading level is on the sixth grade now. When he went into the program, he was only on a first-grade level, and he’s grown five grade levels in two years.”