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STRIVE preps students for OGTs this summer

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) are a part of every Ohio student's life. A program called STRIVE, run by a Toledo Police officer, aims to get kids prepared for success.

The program was started by Officer Flo Wormley, and has grown to include 80 students this year. They are taking summer classes and are excited to learn and tackle the challenge ahead of them.

"What I'm trying to do is give them that excitement," said Tamara Smith, a teacher that works with the program. "I'm trying to let them see that…they can get it. They can understand it."

The STRIVE program gives students the chance to succeed in a subject that they may have struggled with in the past. Each student pays $35 to participate. They get hands-on tutoring in two subjects covered on the OGT.

Each teacher's demonstration, each problem understood, brings the students one step closer to life after OGT and graduation.

"That kind of makes you more excited," said participant Christopher Jenkins. "When the teacher kind of gets interactive and lets the kids interact, it kind of makes them more able to, you know, remember it and retain the information."

Smith says there's more to it than numbers. It takes dedication, practice and technique. When kids pick that up and run with it, she says that's the biggest payoff.

"We actually had a student that's been out of the program for four years," she said. "He says, ‘I still remember the stuff you taught me. Ask me anything!'"

STRIVE operates solely on donations and fundraising. To keep the program going, consider donating to the Toledo Police Federal Credit Union, under "STRIVE," or contact Officer Wormley at 419-245-1367.

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