The local continuation schools in Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, and Lompoc are now competing in a series of sports tournaments. More cleats were needed for students to compete at their highest levels and have the most fun. No athlete likes to slide around in tennis shoes in the heat of battle, therefore, Surfwanderer added more cleats this year to a bucket of cleats they've been purchasing for student athletes to wear during the tournaments.
Though it may just seem like a pair of cleats, it's much more than that. When at-risk students have the opportunity to practice during lunch...instead of roam around town, they are in a positive place and among positive teachers and school support staff. The cleats allow students to keep their shoes clean, play better, have more fun, and most of all, be inspired that people care that they're on the field training to represent their school. Each day a student participates at lunch or after school instead of many other options that aren't as positive.
The athletic programs, even just if just minimal, have been improving student attendance at the continuation schools. Attendance directly affects grades and passing classes, and therefore, graduation rate.
It's amazing how sports cleats can change a whole kids life...and after teaching for 14 years, Surfwanderer knows this, and thus, invest in at-risk students in this way.