Little Lights Urban Ministries

WISH LIST: $100: 1 month of reading and math tutoring sessions; $500: a 6-month mentoring relationship for 1 child; $2000: maintenance of a high-speed computer lab for 1 year

In the Potomac Gardens public housing complex in Ward 6, families of four have an annual income of $7,830 or less. More than 90% of children live in one- or no-parent households, and a number have incarcerated parents. Drug use is rampant, as is under-achievement, and the schools are in desperate need of improvement. Little Lights Urban Ministries serves the children of Potomac Gardens. The scope is small, but the impact is broad and deep. Children ages five and up work with reading and math tutors, using proven curricula that increase skills and boost critical thinking. Homework help, SAT practice, after-school activities, and summer camp offer opportunities for enrichment that are otherwise just not available. Last year, 100% of students mastered math objectives identified in their learning plans and well over half improved their reading skills. 100% stayed in school, and not one became pregnant or was arrested real victories in a tough world where every victory counts. Your generosity lights a light for these children.