Roseland Charter School Receives $150,000 From AT&T for Destination College Goals

September 26, 2012

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Contribution is part of the nearly $10 million AT&T Aspire Local Impact initiative supporting outstanding organizations

Supporting excellence in education at Roseland Public Schools in Sonoma County, Roseland Charter School has been selected to receive a $150,000 contribution from AT&T's Aspire Program. With its mission to create a positive learning environment where all students are encouraged and assisted, Roseland Charter School has helped prepare students for high school graduation, college completion, and ultimately leadership positions within the community. This contribution from AT&T will support Roseland Charter School's Destination College program by providing its college-bound students with advanced learning tools and resources to support their high academic coursework.

"We are honored to work with Roseland Charter School as its commitment to the success of its students, in the classroom and beyond, has made a tremendous impact on their future careers," said Ken McNeely, President of AT&T California. "Now more than ever, strong academic institutions like Roseland Charter School are needed to help students become better prepared for their future. This contribution is one way that we can work with educators to help ensure the success of students and the success of our economy."

Because of its solid record of proven results, Roseland Charter School has been named as one of 47 recipients nationwide that will share in nearly $10 million from AT&T. With more than 1 million students impacted since its launch in 2008, the AT&T Aspire program is one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program earlier this year, bringing the total commitment to $350 million.

"We are very excited to be teaming with AT&T to support high-intensity academics that will strengthen 8th, 9th and 10th grade students' critical thinking, study skills, and proficiency in math and science, " said Gail Andrade Ahlas, Superintendent of the Roseland School District. "An alumni once told us 'This is a community that prides itself on lifting as we climb,' and I could not be more proud of these hard-working students that are lifting up the Roseland community through education."

Educators in schools and non-profits across the country have a unique understanding of the challenges students face in their communities. Through a competitive process, 47 schools and non-profits, including Roseland Charter School, were selected from thousands nationwide. To learn more about all of the organizations that were selected, please visit www.att.com/local-impact.

"As we struggle to do more with less, the resources AT&T's contribution provides will benefit our students immensely, "said Sarah Healy, 8th Grade AVID Teacher at Roseland Accelerated Middle School. "AT&T's support will aid us in delivering cutting edge critical thinking tools and STEM curriculum that helps students hone the skills necessary for greater understanding and success in math and science. With these contributions, we can continue to provide innovative, high quality educational programs that these students deserve."

Applicants were evaluated based on their accomplishments in serving students at risk of dropping out of high-school and their ability to use data to demonstrate the effectiveness of their work. After a rigorous and competitive process, Roseland Charter School was identified as making a real difference in their community by supporting and motivating traditionally underserved students to stay in school and prepare for the next step in life.

"We just want to thank AT&T for supporting us in the math, science and AVID departments," said Briana Quintana, a student at Roseland University Prep. "The advanced curriculum, new equipment, and field trips will help prepare me for my future in becoming a Physiology Major. I can't wait to chase this dream, and I know will be well-prepared to reach it."

About Roseland Public Schools

Roseland Public Schools is located in the heart of beautiful Sonoma County and serves approximately 2,300 students from preschool through high school in a safe and nurturing environment with high expectations for all students to be fully prepared for college and beyond. Roseland's schools include Sheppard Accelerated Elementary and Roseland Elementary Leadership Academy, and Roseland Creek Elementary which serves grades K-6; Roseland Accelerated Middle School (RAMS) which serves students in 7th and 8th grades; and Roseland University Prep (RUP) which prepares students in grades 9th - 12th for college. This August Roseland Collegiate Prep opened, starting with 7th graders, and will expand each year with a 7th-12th grade program by 2017.

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