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KEEPING VIGIL: 'Reach For The Future' Gives Students College Hopes At Young Age

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A program called "Reach for the Future" chose to adopt a 2nd grade class from Lidgerwood Elementary School. A program called "Reach for the Future" chose to adopt a 2nd grade class from Lidgerwood Elementary School.
SPOKANE, Wash. - College tuition has risen 1100% over the last 30 years. The price tag alone is enough to scare people from even entering college in the first place. That's why a program called "Reach for the Future" chose to adopt a 2nd grade class from Lidgerwood Elementary School.

These high risk, low income students are learning valuable lessons because in exchange for good grades they will receive a 4 year college education free of charge.

One of those students, now a teenager, Ashton Lindor, grew up knowing that she had to do well in school if she were to receive the opportunity of a lifetime.

"I remember them telling us that we got nominated for it and they picked our class out of all of Spokane and my mom and grandma started crying," Ashton told KHQ's Stephanie Vigil. 

Ashton's mom quit college to raise her children, so Ashton she would be the first in her family to graduate with a degree.

"We're a long term program of tutoring and mentoring, so we follow the same group of kids from 2nd grade all the way to high school with the hope of being with them through their second year of college," Reach for the Future's Lauren Garske said.

When asked what the students are like, Garske responded, "They're crazy, but they're great. Since 2nd grade they've been told they are going to college. So college has become more of a reality for them instead of just a word. They've got this vision of a future."

And the older Ashton gets, the more she appreciates this gift she's been given. 

"Words can't even put into how much I appreciate it," Ashton said.

If you'd like to know more about implementing a program like "Reach for the Future," contact Lauren Garske at lauren@reachforthefuture.org.
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