Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
9:53 pm EDT
Fri, July 10, 2020

A generous donation toward education

The ACT Test is an important factor when college admission personnel determine whether a student is prepared to achieve academic success at the collegiate level. Students must also pass the tenth grade reading assessment to graduate.

One local company is doing its part to help bolster ACT scores.

Through its back-to-school program, SECO Energy graciously donated $3,500 to the Educational Foundation of Lake County. The foundation will use the money for its ACT Prep Program.

The program, which launched six years ago at Leesburg High School, is now offered at six Lake County high schools. According to a press release from the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, 76 to 83 percent of students who complete the program graduate on time. Moreover, school administrators estimate that 88 percent of students will graduate in 2020, an increase of 14 percent from two years ago. They attribute that success to the ACT Reading Prep Program.

However, the significance of the program cannot be understated. There are 413 students in the class of 2020 did not pass the assessment and may not graduate.

“SECO Energy’s investment in the Educational Foundation of Lake County’s ACT Prep Program will give 413 students a chance to walk across the state in May 2020, diploma in hand,” says Audra Dick, the community reach liaison for the Educational Foundation of Lake County.