This fall, in partnership with the Fayetteville Education Foundation, Gable launched a campaign for the establishment of the Gable Sloan Fund for Increased Academic Opportunity. Once established, the Fund will be distributed annually through grants that provide a strategic investment in programs that lift up the most vulnerable students in the District.
The impact of poverty on academic achievement
What started as a cookie and lemonade stand blossomed into a bakery for this Jr High student. Gable has been raising money for various causes through her bakery since she was 10 years old, supporting non-profits and scholarships to graduating FHS seniors.
Gable's project is an endeavor to raise awareness about the realities and impact of poverty on academic achievement.
- Many children from low-income families begin school already far behind. Low-income children are less likely to have access to books, or high-quality early care, and/or pre-kindergarten programs before they begin school.
- Low-income students have poor access to transportation to school, lower attendance rates, fatigue (may fall asleep in class), and lack access to after-school activities and field trips.
- Children of low-income families have significantly lower enrollment in Advanced Placement classes and lower standardized tests results.