The flagship Promise Council at Pepper Ridge, started in 2009, has positively impacted the lives of over 500 fifth grade students since it began in 2010. An academic achievement analysis of 197 Pepper Ridge alumni who then went on to attend NCWHS showed:
As a teacher, Jessica was pleased when her Promise Council raised funds to pay for tutoring for some of her underachieving students. She was very happy when she watched their scores move from near-failure to above average. But what really thrilled her was seeing how weekly attention from one caring adult could transform the life of a child. During the course of the six-week program, she watched one young girl go from being a chronic truancy problem to being a school leader. The child finished the program with flying colors, and hasn’t missed a day of school since. She continues to excel academically, and is a student crossing guard, using her new skills to help her peers find their way.
Every week, Promise Council helps Bloomington-Normal provide meals for children who might otherwise go hungry on the weekends. Hundreds of Friday
Food Bagsare created and sent home with children when they leave school on Friday. The food comes from organizations like the Midwest Food Bank, and from local food drives hosted by businesses, service organizations and other caring adults like you in our community. Volunteers pick up the food and deliver it to schools or churches, where more volunteers pack it into backpacks and deliver them to classrooms. Children pick up the backpacks as they leave school on Friday, knowing they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.