A graduating class of 24 scholars with two students from Norwalk, Ayanna Khadijah II, and Michelle Menard, successfully completed Prep Academy and were honored with classmates at the 18th commencement of REACH Prep -- Responsibility Excellence, Achievement Courage Honor..
More than 150 relatives and friends joined the REACH Prep class of 2012 on Aug. 4 at the Greenwich Country Day School to celebrate their completion of the intensive Prep Academy 15-month academic-enrichment program.
REACH Prep helps motivated and talented fifth-grade black and Latino students from low- to moderate-income families in Fairfield and Westchester (N.Y.) counties and the Bronx, N.Y., gain admission to and thrive in rigorous independent schools. Upon placement, students benefit from an eight-year educational continuum, including leadership training and supplementary individual and family guidance which prepares them to succeed at competitive colleges and universities.
Over the 18-year history of the program, about 300 students, known as REACH Prep Scholars, have attended one of the 26 independent day schools that partner with REACH Prep. The ultimate goal is for REACH Scholars to realize their vision of higher education, assume leadership roles in their chosen professions and communities and use their talents to mentor others.
In September, Khadijah will attend Greenwich Country Day in Greenwich and Menard will attend the Montessori Middle School in Norwalk.