CLASS ADOPTION PROGRAM
The Class Adoption Program is a project within the Our Children, Our Future: Restoring Hope Missions of Sowing Gifts of the Heart. Through this program, Sowing Gifts of the Heart will adopt a graduating class within a low-income area. It will work closely with the school administration, teachers, staff, and parents or guardians to provide educational resources and assistance from the time the children are in early childhood programs until they reach 12th grade --and beyond.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT REQUIREMENTS FOR CLASS ADOPTION?
Recognizing the positive correlation between family income and academic performance, Sowing Gifts of the Heart developed the following requirements for the Class Adoption Program:
- Viable BESE-approved Louisiana school
- School housed in a low-income area (high free/reduced lunch count)
- Early childhood program within the school
- System in place that allows the organization to specifically work with a graduating class until 12th grade
WHEN IS THE CLASS ADOPTION PROGRAM INITIALLY IMPLEMENTED?
A graduating class is selected when students are in an early childhood program, such as Head Start or pre-kindergarten. At that point, Sowing Gifts of the Heart begins the process of working with the school administration, teachers, staff, and parent or guardians.