Our very own Dynasplint sales consultant, Ryan Simmons, is running the 2012 Boston Marathon and spreading the word about Summer Search. Summer Search is an organization that helps resilient at-risk children rise above their current circumstances to maybe become a future leader in their communities. A shocking statistic is that only 14% of all entering freshman into the Boston district and exam schools will graduate from college. Summer search wants this percentage to steadily increase. They take on a comprehensive and hands on approach through mentoring and two exploration programs. The kids that go through summer search all graduated high school and 89% go on to graduate from college. They are often the first in their family with a college degree.
Here’s why Summer Search is near and dear to Ryan:
“I too grew up as an at-risk child where, at times, we didn’t know if we would have food on the table or even afford rent. Yet, somehow, I was blessed with a very resilient mother that found a way to not only get food from the local church but get me scholarships for private Catholic school from K-12. It was her persistence and the mentorship I received from the priests, nuns and other teachers at those schools that helped me become the successful man I am today. I want to pay it forward by helping these local children in my community to achieve what I have been given the opportunity to achieve and more”
Interested in donating and contributing to the good cause? View Ryan’s fundraiser website (http://www.razoo.com/story/Ryan-Simmons-2012-Boston-Marathon) where you can donate today and help him reach his $5000 goal.