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Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation to Fund Riverview IB’s Excellence & Equity Initiative

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SARASOTA COUNTY, July 25, 2018 – The Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay Foundation will be the founding donor for Riverview High School’s Excellence & Equity (E2) Initiative, a pilot program that will support the existing International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) and the International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP). The E2 Initiative seeks to promote the inclusion and success of underrepresented students in the IBDP and IBCP.

The IBDP and IBCP provides some 750 motivated students with an opportunity to pursue a rigorous, globally-recognized university preparatory curriculum. Both programs empower students to pursue their own learning styles, strengths and challenges, based on their unique and shared patterns of values, knowledge and experience of the world and their place in it. Students can tailor their studies to fit their academic interests. Teachers serve as teammates, planning and sequencing course offerings of the very best in contemporary high school studies.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Foundation,” commented Riverview High School Principal Erin del Castillo. “The IBDP and IBCP should be accessible to all students who desire to challenge themselves academically and vocationally. Cost and lack of supportive resources should not be an impediment to student success. The E2 Initiative ensures that the students within these two programs reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Riverview High School’s student body.”

“These programs are not for the faint of scholastic heart,” said Dr. James Minor, IB coordinator and English department chair of Riverview High School. “Students that participate in the IBDP and IBCP are slated to achieve great things but it is not without hard work and a huge investment of time. The E2 Initiative acknowledges equity gaps and ensures students facing unique challenges can participate with confidence and focus on achieving.”

The Foundation’s grant will be used for key areas including recruiting and E2 program promotion, case management, and Last Mile Scholarships. The latter will help fund pre-graduation expenses, such as campus visit travel costs, and post-graduation expenditures, including a dorm room setup and a summer bridge program, with the aim of reducing or eliminating students’ higher education indebtedness.

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