How Your Donation Makes A Difference

  • Your donation goes directly to support Start2Finish programs locally and nationwide, giving children at risk access to resources and opportunities that will help their physical, academic and social development, preparing them for lifelong success and enabling them to become positive role models in their communities.
     
  • Research and evaluation conducted on the program shows that Start2Finish Running & Reading Club participants demonstrate better grades in physical education and language arts (reading and writing) than non-participants in the same schools.  Furthermore, the marks of participants continue to improve in relation to the length of their involvement in the program.
     
  • Fitness testing also shows that children in Start2Finish programs have improved their fitness
     levels and overall health. 75% of children tested demonstrated growth in cardio-respiratory fitness, 80% of children showed progress in core strength, and 40% improved in flexibility
     
  • A comparison of academic grades shows that 17% of Start2Finish program participants achieve a full letter grade improvement in reading and writing scores.  Teachers have also noted improvements in literacy skills, increased confidence in reading, and a more positive attitude towards reading as a result of their participation in the Running & Reading Club.