Susan Kilb, SCN was deeply grateful for the funding provided by Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Violence. The funds have been put into the Fast Forward Reading Program. Since August 2011, 83% of Presentation Academy’s special needs and low-achieving 9th grade students have shown either one or one and one-half year’s improvement in their reading level. 

Sister Susan wrote about one student’s progress: One example is the story of a student whose mother works two jobs in order for her to attend Presentation. Her mother said that her daughter was not challenged in the public middle school and she wanted more for her. Since enrolling at Presentation, this student’s reading level and processing skills have improved one and one-half years. As a result, she has gained self-confidence and now she enjoys school. Her teachers in other classes have also commented on her progress.

There are other examples as well that illustrate the value of this program.

Sister Susan said, “This funding from Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Violence will definitely affect our students’ lives now and in the future.”