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