Seven years ago, I was struggling with a question that many families face: how can I give my children the opportunities they need to succeed in life? My three children – Christian, Christa, and Christopher, Jr. – were young at the time, but I was already thinking about how I could make sure they were on track to college. So I bundled up my youngest son in his stroller on a chilly autumn evening and visited a program his eldest sister had just enrolled in called Higher Achievement.
I never could have imagined the effect Higher Achievement would have on my life and the lives of my children.
As it turns out, it wasn’t just my eldest daughter who enrolled. It was all three of my children. Over the years, I have watched as Higher Achievement molded them into the scholars they are today by giving them opportunities to work with mentors, focus on their academic and personal growth, and share their voice.
One specific memory comes to mind. My daughter Christa is a classic middle child. Before, she always seemed to walk in her sister’s shadow. The Higher Achievement family instilled an important quality in Christa: leadership. After years of being the “quiet one”, I watched as Christa stepped out of her comfort zone – using her voice during the Love Out Loud poetry performance, sharing during community meetings, and creating relationships that she still has today.
Your financial support of Higher Achievement really matters. Over the next three years, Higher Achievement will grow to support more middle school students – like my children – in your community. This year, I hope you will join me in investing in Higher Achievement. Now – more than ever – we need to come together for the futures of our young scholars – and our communities.
Thank you for your consideration,
Higher Achievement Parent