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HERO CENTRAL: For Love Of Children Fosters Academic Success

10:04 PM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- One in five students in DC Public Schools do not meet basic math and reading skills, according to assessment tests in 2012.

For Love Of Children (FLOC) strives to improve this statistic. The non-profit organization provides free tutoring, college prep and outdoor education for students from low-income families in the District and West Virginia.

Henry Ortiz, 10, gets tutored once a week at FLOC. He is trying to master his math homework.  The one-on-one lessons have paid off.

"I've improved my division, definitley. And how to multiply and divide and add fractions," Ortiz said. He also reads books and plays card games like "Uno" while visiting FLOC.

For Love Of Children serves 600 low-income students.  The goal is to give every student a strong foundation in math and reading, so they can go to college.    

"If we can get a kid through to earn their college degree, they will break the cycle of poverty for their family," said Tim Payne, Executive Director of FLOC.

Tiera King is a shining example of FLOC's influence. Through the Scholars Program,  King got prepared for her ACTs and SATs with FLOC.  She also earned a four-year scholarship from the non-profit organization. During college, she says FLOC staff kept in touch with her and made sure she was on track for graduation. 

"FLOC has really just been the extra support that I needed...I could  never repay them for all of the services that they've done for me," King said.

The college graduate has volunteered witih FLOC through service with AmeriCorps VISTA this year. She plans to embark on enrolling in an MBA program this fall.

NOTE: Gannett Foundation has provided a grant to For Love Of Children.

Written/Produced by: Elizabeth Jia
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