Tiger goes to school

Tiger Woods visited a ninth-grade charter school class in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the expansion of his learning center. Here’s more information on the event, sent by the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Tiger Woods Hosts Assembly With 9th Grade Class at Cesar
Chavez Capitol Hill Campus

On October 8, Tiger Woods joined the 9th grade class at Cesar Chavez
Public Charter School’s Capitol Hill Campus for an exciting assembly
that celebrated the official expansion of the Tiger Woods Learning
Center (TWLC-DC) to the Washington, D.C. area.

Woods, along with two Earl Woods Scholars from the D.C. area, Ayanna
Brooks and Fatou Sogoyou-Bekeyi, hosted this special assembly to answer
questions about the TWLC programs and to encourage the student body to
participate.

“I am thrilled to be here today to celebrate the Capitol Hill and
Parkside campuses. I know the Learning Center will be an amazing
resource for the students at Cesar Chavez,” Woods said. “The purpose of
our programs is to help them have fun studying science, engineering,
technology and math.”

The two TWLC-DC campuses are located at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter
School (TWLC-Capitol Hill Campus) in Ward 6, and the Cesar Chavez
Public Charter School (TWLC-Parkside Campus) in Ward 7. The TWLC-DC
spaces and curriculum are custom-built for the young people in that
community, providing students in multiple wards access to innovative
programs and the latest technology.

“The creation of the TWLC-DC campus model evolved from extensive
research,” Greg McLaughlin, president and CEO of the Tiger Woods
Foundation, said. “We chose this model so we could deliver our
high-quality programs to the young people of the District this year.”

Since announcing its intention to build a Learning Center in D.C. in
2007, the Foundation funded several multi-year studies and researched
numerous locations to determine the most beneficial model for the D.C.
community. During this research phase, the Foundation evaluated the
effectiveness and viability of the campus model, in which the TWLC is
operating from a space within an existing school or community center.

TWLC-DC is excited to begin a partnership with Cesar Chavez, a charter
school system that is committed to preparing kids to succeed in
college. Chavez has a rigorous academic curriculum, unique public
policy program, top-notch faculty and a supportive learning
environment.

Each campus is run by TWLC-DC staff with the curriculum focusing on
career exploration in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
and communications, as well as providing mentoring and teacher
training. In addition to these locations, the Foundation is evaluating
the addition of more TWLC-DC campuses — including a partnership that
will serve DCPS students, as well as exploring the possibility of
selecting a site to construct a stand-alone facility.

Students attending the TWLC-DC will experience a technology-rich,
innovative and highly motivated environment that has been integral to
the success of the Southern California location. Activities include
building and programming robots, exploring space and creating their own
films.

Joining Tiger Woods and the Foundation in supporting the TWLC-DC
through generous contributions are Founding Sponsors, AT&T, Booz Allen
Hamilton, Fannie Mae, HSBC, Lenovo, Microsoft and MTM Builder/Developer
Inc.; and Supporting Sponsors Intelligent Decisions and Adobe Systems
Incorporated.

In February 2006, the Tiger Woods Foundation opened the first Learning
Center in Orange County, Calif., which to date has served more than
45,000 young people through its innovative programs. Sample classes
include forensic science, aerospace, engineering, robotics,
biotechnology, video production and graphic design.

Since 2007 the Tiger Woods Foundation has provided programmatic grants
to more than 80 local D.C. area youth organizations, and awarded 14
local students with a college scholarship as part of the Earl Woods
Scholarship Program.

About the Tiger Woods Foundation

Since 1996 the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached more than 10 million
young people by delivering unique experiences and innovative
educational opportunities for youth worldwide. Specific programs of the
Foundation include The Tiger Woods Learning Center, a one-of-a-kind,
35,000-square-foot education facility custom-built for the underserved
youth of Southern California. Everything at the Learning Center is
about active participation and hands-on learning. Students in grades
5-12 participate in classes ranging from forensic science to graphic
design.

Tiger’s Action Plan is a collection of curricula distributed to
students nationwide. Each curriculum contains interactive and
informative lesson plans that focus on subjects important to young
people including exploring careers, planning for the future, financial
responsibility and the importance of making a difference in your
community. The Foundation has also helped send 25 bright, young
students to college through the Earl Woods Scholarship Program.
Scholarships are renewable for up to four years, with students chosen
based on demonstrated financial need and a proven commitment to
community service. In addition to its original programming, the
Foundation also awards grants to youth-based organizations around the
world. For more information visit www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.

About Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy

The first Cesar Chvez Public Charter School for Public Policy
was founded in 1998 in response to lagging academic performance and
exceedingly low high school graduation and college matriculation rates
among District of Columbia public school students, especially among
minority and low-income students. Founder Irasema Salcido wanted to
provide a high quality public school option for young people residing
in the District of Columbia’s most impoverished and underserved
communities. The Chvez schools prepare D.C. students to succeed
in competitive colleges so that they can use their lives to make a
positive difference in the world.

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