For Pete’s Sake award will help improve math and science instruction at free charter school
ST. LOUIS – When scholars returned to St. Louis College Prep on Aug. 22, they had several new tools to help them achieve academic success thanks to the generosity of the For Pete’s Sake organization.
A $10,000 grant, one of three awarded by For Pete’s Sake this year, will be used to advance both traditional and digital learning in the school’s math and science classes.
“This grant will help our school to continue to equip our scholars with a 21st-century education which will provide them a variety of STEM based skills and opportunities,” said St. Louis College Prep Executive Director Mike Malone. “We are incredibly thankful for the investment that For Pete’s Sake has chosen to make in our already exciting and unique program.”
St. Louis College prep scholars will now have access to the MySci Program, an engaging and immersive science program designed by Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership.
The MySci Program is a multidisciplinary-curriculum with modules focused on life sciences, earth and space systems and physical science. The program engages scholars through questions that are applicable to real-life issues.
Over half the funding from the For Pete’s Sake grant will be used to cover the costs of curriculum, materials and professional development for sixth through eight grade teachers who will be implementing the new program this year.
The program helps create alternative methods of teaching and includes elements of English language arts, math, and social studies throughout each grade-specific module.
The remainder of the funding will be used for a variety of digital learning based initiatives in the school’s math program, allowing teachers to achieve more data-based instruction which will help focus on improving each individual scholar’s key problem areas.
“The use of the funds matches the mission of For Pete’s Sake,” said For Pete’s Sake Board of Directors Vice Chair Dennis Cope. “Our mission is to award grants to greater St Louis area non-profits that provide innovative and/or proven programs that help students stay in school, excel in school, and prepare for higher learning. For Pete’s Sake is committed to assisting disadvantaged students and the institutions or programs that support them.”
About St. Louis College Prep
St. Louis College Prep believes a child’s access to a great education should not be determined by zip code. St. Louis College Prep was originally established as South City Preparatory Academy in August 2011 as a college prep charter school dedicated to preparing the children of St. Louis City for college by providing a rigorous education, developing character and emphasizing service within the surrounding community.
Today the school serves over 300 students from throughout the St. Louis City area, providing a sixth through tenth grade education with a focus on preparing scholars for college success. The year-round school provides free education and transportation for all scholars and is working on developing a dual-enrollment program with area colleges as it adds eleventh and twelfth grade classes over the next two years. Current scholars, many of whom come from tough socio-economic backgrounds, achieve at least 1.5 years worth of academic achievement each year.
About For Pete’s Sake
For Pete’s Sake is a charity primarily and annually funded from the estate of “Pete” O’Brien, seeks to provide specific grants to existing non profit organizations for the aid, comfort, support, and betterment of disadvantaged children and to provide scholarships for higher learning for disadvantaged children. This charity is not founded on his memory, but on the journey of his life. His own experience gave him a deep understanding of the power of making a difference, meeting a need, providing a “step up.” Pete’s higher learning was a myriad of interests but he recognized that higher learning institutions are the “building blocks” that prepare the young to educate themselves for a lifetime.