Real Life Student Stories

Words from the students and schools we support

LAPTOP CHARGER GAVE HIM A BOOST  "This particular student came to us as a 7th grader, he struggled his first year in some classes but remained determined to get good grades. This school year, as an 8th grader, he wrapped up first semester with A’s & B’s. Still determined to get straight A’s, office staff encouraged him and told him he could do it. He didn’t miss a day of school, refused early dismissal from his parents because he couldn’t miss out on anything in class. He then achieved his goal he got straight A’s! Soon after he misplaced his laptop charger, panicked that he wouldn’t be able to check his grades, or access his schoolwork, InvestED saved the day. Fully charged and riding out the straight A’s to the end" 

- Jr. High School Counselor

A KICKSTART TO BASEBALL SEASON  "He is a 7th-grade student here who turned out for baseball this year. He lives with his dad and sister. Due to his dad’s work schedule, it was a challenge for him to get registered and purchase the gear he needed. He wasn’t able to go to practice until these things were done. He hung in there and still had his enthusiasm to turn out even though he couldn’t join practice until two weeks into the season. Thanks to InvestED, we were able to get him outfitted with a baseball glove, cleats, and hat and were also able to purchase his ASB and athletic fee that is required to play sports. He is a great student with a great attitude. He definitely enjoyed his time on the baseball field this year and looks forward to turning out again." - High School Coordinator

A PROUD GRADUATE "We are an alternative high school. We had a student that was diligent to obtain her diploma. With life circumstances, her mother and she were both out of work. When it came time to graduate, she had the classes (credits) to be able to obtain her diploma but had fees she could not pay. Without having money to pay for her fees she would not be able to receive her diploma or walk with her class. InvestED gave her the resources to be able to walk with pride and receive her diploma, she says, “Thank you InvestED”.  - High School Coordinator

THANKFUL STUDENT  "This student loved P.E. and looked forward to it every day. Unfortunately, they grew out of their shoes and knew their parents could not afford new ones. Thankfully, we were able to purchase new shoes for the student using our InvestED money. The student is very proud of their new shoes and has been doing their very best to take care of their new shoes."  - High School Student

GROCERIES DURING A TRYING TIME  "We have several students in our district that are being raised by a grandparent, most of them on limited income. Being able to help with groceries during this time was so appreciated by this particular student and her Grandma. Our Principal delivered a box of groceries to this particular family and was met at the door by Grandma who was very touched by the gesture and when she saw the box exclaimed how he was "spoiling her Grandkids" with a smirk on her face. Made his day and ours. We love being able to help our community and families when we can and appreciate all that InvestED has done, especially during this trying time. Thank you!"  -  High School Coordinator

A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT   "In mid-October, we accepted a Choice Transfer Request from another district in the county for a student who had recently moved into the area to escape a homeless situation. After just a few days of attendance, our counseling department and secondary administrators knew this student would succeed. Between taking courses at the high school, and also enrolling in numerous online courses, this hard-working 11th-grader managed to also work part-time, all while achieving enough credits and meeting requirements to graduate with the Class of 2023! We happily were able to use InvestED funds to help with the cost of graduation needs and allow this student a well-deserved send-off!" -  High School Coordinator

NO MORE DUCT TAPE   "When I saw the layer of duct tape around the arch of his shoe, I knew it was time. In my opinion, a good pair of shoes is not only good for the whole body, but also the spirit. One of my life's simple pleasures is to sit down with a student in need and shop online for a pair of shoes of their choosing. You can see the difference in the way they carry themselves the first time they walk out with them on their feet. This particular pair helped this young man turn out for basketball, which in turn had a positive influence on his grades."   -  Junior/Senior High School Coordinator

BRIGHT FUTURE   "InvestED funds have consistently supported one of our families, as they have three students in our feeder pattern. I am fortunate to work with their oldest, and she is an AMAZING young woman. She has aspirations to become a pediatrician. InvestED funds have helped her pay for lab fees to support her future endeavors in science."   -  High School Coordinator

CELEBRATING A MILESTONE   "This young man has overcome many obstacles to make it to the finish line and graduate high school. At the beginning of the year is when seniors start making plans for their picture that will be in the annual. He knew the only pictures that would be taken of him were at school and wanted to purchase some to have for graduation come spring. Along came spring and COVID-19, he made it despite many obstacles not faced by the average student, and needed help to get his cap and gown; a basic rite of passage to celebrate a significant milestone! This allowed him to participate in a drive through graduation and look like his classmates on a very special day!"   -  High School Coordinator

A SENSE OF PURPOSE   "There was a new student from a different county.  She was alone, with no friends and didn’t feel she belonged. Her dad was unemployed, and she was constantly in the nurse's office with an upset stomach, probably because of anxiety in and outside of school. With the help from counselors and InvestED funds, we were able to pay for bowling fees and got her engaged with the team. That small act changed her life that year. She found new friends, was accepted and wanted to show up to school and work hard each day because she was engaged in outside activities that gave her purpose."   -  High School Coordinator

ONE LESS COVID CHALLENGE  "Our student lives in a very small apartment with many siblings. During COVID this student was working hard to study at home, but there were constant interruptions, constant family arguments, and constant distractions. With InvestED funds we purchased noise canceling headphones. The headphones helped the student to re-engage in communication and academics."  - High School Coordinator

HE CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW  "He came to me complaining of headaches. His teachers complained of him taking longer to read the board, reading directions on tests and just completing class assignments during class time. I passed this info on to our school nurse, thinking a vision test might be in order. He came in, performed the vision test, and sure enough, he was a candidate for glasses. When we told him this, he said that his vision was fine, and that no glasses are needed. We contacted his mother who then told us that he knew that affording glasses would be a financial hardship for his family. We told her that we could help with financial assistance from InvestED. She graciously accepted and he got his new glasses! He came into the office, proudly wearing his new eyewear and exclaimed, "I can see clearly now!" His participation has skyrocketed, he is able to keep up with the class, and his grades are significantly improved! He and his mother would like me to tell the folks at InvestED, "THANK YOU!"  - High School Coordinator

 A PASSION REALIZED  "When this student started band in the 6th grade, he fell in love with the saxophone. Any chance he gets, he will play his sax. Before school starts in the morning he plays in the school courtyard. After school , you can hear him playing outside the library. He just can't get enough! Thanks to InvestED, his band fees were paid so that he could continue to improve his skill with his new found passion."   -  Middle High School Coordinator

FEES PAID, CONFIDENCE RESTORED   "This year I started out behind in credits and a bit depressed. InvestED funds were used to purchase an ASB card, pay my Future Farmers of America fees and my SAT fees. This investment gave me the confidence I needed to be more involved in school and excited to complete my high school credits and graduate. I did it!"        -  Jr./Sr. High School Student

SHE CAN FURTHER HER EDUCATION  "The COVID outbreak has created hardships for this student and she would not have been able to take her AP Tests without the help of InvestED funds. This has allowed her to further her education beyond the high school level."   -  Senior High School Coordinator