When Coach Gary King of Armstrong High School in Richmond told the Morgan Moses Foundation that many of his students could potentially earn college scholarships for athletics but needed to improve standardized test scores, Morgan and the foundation board found a solution. Coach King, who has been a friend of the foundation for some time, said students at Armstrong – a high school that has been under scrutiny for cuts by Richmond City Council, are only 40-50 points away from getting solid, college-worthy SAT scores. They just need more practice.
As many educators know, taking a standardized test is all about practice – just like sports! The Morgan Moses Foundation is providing a large quantity of Kaplan and Princeton Review study guides for Richmond area high schools including Armstrong. Some will go to Coach King’s athletes along with a motivational message from Morgan. Other volumes will be in the library for all students to use as reference books.
In one of his videotaped comments, Morgan says: “I will be checking-in with Coach to see if you all are following the practice tests” and using these workbooks with test prep samples. Morgan recorded a personalized message to the high schoolers at Armstrong and Nottoway at Redskins Studio last summer after practice. The foundation is grateful to Larry Michael and the great team at Redskins Studio for putting together the video production.
The ACT/SAT Test Prep program is just one way the Morgan Moses Foundation is reaching-out to Richmond and Washington, DC area students. The Foundation is talking with Kaplan and Princeton Review about other ways to “level the playing field” for at-risk youth using after school study guide programs. More to come on this Foundation effort in the months to come.
Last month, a group of about 25 Armstrong Students also came-out to the Bon Secours Redskins Camp in Richmond for a visit with the starting tackle and for some fun. Morgan was only too happy to pose for a few photos and encourage the kids. The Kaplan and Princeton guidebooks will be used independently for after-school study and self-improvement. But the personal touch of our NFL athlete who came from similar backgrounds as the young people trying to gain access to higher education is what makes all the difference.