When Charles Dicken’s penned A Tales of Two Cities in 1859 he wasn’t thinking about Gainesville, Florida in 2016, but he might as well have been. The current reality is we enjoy both some of the most well prepared and successful students in the state, but also too many who are dangerously at risk. Alachua County has more national merit scholars per capita than any other county in Florida, but also has one of the highest rates (over 50%) of public school students eligible for “free and reduced lunch”. These “at risk” students graduate at a much lower rate than those with the support needed for success.
The Education Foundation of Alachua County’s “Tale of Two Shoes” campaign is intended to raise awareness and help energize a community effort to address this education gap. Each 5th Friday of the month, supporters will wear unmatching shoes to draw attention and stimulate conversation. The ultimate goal is to recruit persons willing to help support the Education Foundation’s mission by;
1) Serving as Take Stock in Children mentor (click here)
2) Helping support classroom teachers through Find it and Fund It (click here)
3) Providing funding for Education Foundation Senior Scholarships (click here)
Thank you for your interest and support. Questions about the Tale of Two Shoes Campaign can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org