Treehouse went through a sea change when it realized its education program wasn’t good enough. Now, the foster kids it works with have a higher graduation rate than the state average for all students.
Every day, Abby Trimble texted high-school freshman Victoria Delk: Don’t forget to put away your tablet and do your homework.
And every day, Victoria didn’t pay attention.
That went on for months.
Your dollars at work
Treehouse supports kids who have spent time in foster care. The Seattle-based organization offers academic support, free clothing and other items, and funding for summer camps and extracurricular activities.
Samples of what Treehouse can do with your donation:
$25: Pays for a semester of school field trips.
$50: Pays for an application to college.
$100: Buys a new head-to-toe outfit.
Then one day, Trimble, while playing soccer with friends, dashed off a text that went something like this: “I’m on the sidelines now, but I want you to do your homework.”
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“I felt bad,” Victoria recalled. Even during a soccer game, Trimble, an education specialist at Treehouse, which supports kids who have spent time in foster care, was taking time to try to help her.
“I started doing my homework. My grades started going up,” Victoria said.
Now a junior, she’s set on going to college. Her twin sister, Stephanie, also served by Treehouse, one of 12 organizations that benefit from The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, is already taking classes at Green River College through Running…