New Fargo non-profit helping at-risk studentsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A former teacher at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo has started a local nonprofit organization. She developed the idea after working with several students who were under-achieving in school.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY
A former teacher at Ben Franklin Middle School in Fargo has started a local nonprofit organization. She developed the idea after working with several students who were under-achieving in school.
The Legacy Childrens Foundation became an official non-profit just a few short months ago, and it is already helping local students out in more ways than one.
Peter Saintal – Fargo North Junior: “It helps me because it makes me want to do my homework.”
Emilee Miller – Ben Franklin, 8th Grade: “Mostly my performance in school.”
Ajnur Berisa – Fargo North Sophomore: “I've been more motivated to graduate than ever.”
This program helps students struggling in school to get motivated about getting good grades and succeeding. So far there are 12 students from Fargo North and 13 from Ben Franklin Middle School involved.
The program is modeled like a job where students involved attend study sessions each week, and participate in service projects as volunteers. Students we spoke to say without an organization like this they may not still be in school.
Emilee Miller: “I have definitely improved a lot from last year.”
Ajnur Berisa: “It makes me feel good because I never really had good grades before, you know I’m not saying my grades are perfect still, but it has been a lot better.”
Peter Saintal: “I think without this program I would probably, I’d say I would have graduated but not on the right path.”
These students also earn a paycheck every two weeks; $5 for middle school students and $10 for high school students, but only if they earn them. They must keep a certain grade point average and be passing every class. Half the money of each check goes into a savings account that they can cash after they graduate.
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