CHANCE TO EARN FREE LAPTOPS
Students helping students. That's
the idea behind an exciting new program that's designed to
improve test scores and help more students gain access to
According to the plan, students with an
ACT score of a 21 or higher, who already qualify for the HOPE
scholarship, may sign up to tutor students who have not yet
reached a 21.
A student who improves their score to a 21
during the upcoming school year may receive a free laptop.
In addition, those students who have already earned a 21 and
tutor another student while meeting certain requirements may
also receive a free laptop.
"I think the laptop will help kids who
aren't motivated academically," said Ravenwood Senior Tyler
Portanova. "It will give them something they can focus on
to get where they need to be. I also think they'll be more
likely to enjoy what they're doing academically."
The Class of 2014, 73 percent of whom
have already reached an ACT score of a 21 or higher, hope to set
a standard for every student to graduate from a Williamson
County high school and have the option to go to college with
To qualify for the HOPE Scholarship over four years,
students must earn an ACT composite score of 21 or higher or by
having a 3.0 or higher unweighted GPA. Students who
receive the HOPE Scholarship can earn approximately $16,000 for
their college education.
“Our main motivator is to help students
earn at least $16,000 for college,” said Fairview Senior Mallory Churchwell.
“I know it definitely helps and if we can all just put in
a couple of hours to make a difference then why shouldn’t we."
The rising seniors say their goal is to make a real
difference in the lives of their fellow students. With the
help of WCS staff, parents, community members and business
leaders, they believe their vision will become a reality.
to read a letter written by members of the Class of 2014 to
their fellow students in which they discuss the new
program. Additional information about tutoring requirements
and other facets of the program will be made available at each
Parents, community members and local
businesses are encouraged to donate to the program to help acquire the
laptops for participating students. If interested,
HERE and select SENIOR CLASS ACT/LAPTOP INITIATIVE on the
Donors can also send checks made payable
to: Williamson County BOE: Ladders to HOPE to the following
Williamson County Schools
Ladders to HOPE
1320 W. Main St. Suite 202
Franklin, TN 37064
Pictured from left to right:
Annaka Baxter (Summit), Tyler Portanova (Ravenwood),
School Board Member Cheri Hammond and Payton Meeker
Pictured from left to right:
Rachel DePriest (Franklin), Micah Howard (Independence),
County Commission Chairman Jack Walton, Superintendent Dr. Mike
Looney, Jacob Bell (Summit) and Alexis Whiting
information from the students on how the program works, watch
the video below!