In Minnesota, 82% of white students graduate from high school, compared to only 44% of African American students. Low-income students attend college at 1/10th the rate of their wealthier peers. The notion that an individual's educational achievements are predetermined by the color of his/her skin or his/her family's annual income is unconscionable. It's indefensible. It's unsustainable. By 2018, 70% of jobs in Minnesota will require a college degree, yet the inequities in our education system fail thousands of students each year. We simply cannot afford to fail another generation of low-income kids.
As some of you know, I've just completed a ten-week Learn to Run training program. To keep me motivated toward my fitness and weight loss goals, I'll begin training for my second half-marathon in June.The race is at 7:00 a.m. on August 26 in Bloomington. (To be clear I won't be "racing," I'll be finishing. :) )
How You Can Help
I have an unwavering belief in every kid's potential, and for almost 10 years have been working for local nonprofits battling the achievement gap. These kids are my inspiration and motivation. By helping me raise $5,000, you will help sponsor one Teach For America teacher in a Twin Cities classroom. I hope you'll give and share this with your networks.
Learn more about Teach For America Twin Cities here: http://www.teachforamerica.org/where-we-work/twin-cities