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Middle School Success

About Middle School Success

Every 26 seconds a student in the U.S. drops out of school. Students are pushed, pulled, or fail out and it starts in middle school. Thankfully, our Middle School Success initiatives are making all the difference. Your donation is helping middle schoolers get on track to graduate and ready to meet their full potential.


Middle School Success initiatives

Move the Middle — Our overarching initiative ensuring every middle schooler is on track to graduate.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library — A program that provides a book each month for five years to children under five years old in Winnebago and Ogle counties, at no cost to the child's family.

Early Warning and Response System — A program that identifies middle schoolers who are struggling and guarantees their future success.

I READ — This early-grade reading program matches volunteer reading mentors with kindergarten students and helps students achieve literacy goals by fourth grade.

Learn Your Lock — A program aimed at reducing the amount of stress new middle schoolers face.

Rollin' Strong — This 10-week annual program builds relationships and life skills within the middle school participants (and builds bicycles, too).

Success By 6 — This school readiness initiative encompasses programs that focus on increasing meaningful family engagement and pre-literacy development.