By Emily Eddins
Woodville - According to a recent study, almost 80% of Woodville ISD is economically classified as disadvantaged by the state of Texas. This financial deprivation means that our students and their families are socially disadvantaged compared to other Texas residents who do not lie beneath the poverty line.
This lack of economic success truly affects the future generations of our county in ways that you would expect. Students growing up in a rural environment have so many negative factors weighing down on them today, they struggle to rise above their situations, and many fall behind. Statistics have proven that if a child falls behind in grade levels as low as first grade, it can be difficult for them to recuperate and leave them struggling for the rest of their lives. According to data from Texas Education Agency, 30% of students at Woodville ISD are classified with some sort of learning disability, and 34% of WISD students are classified by the state as “at-risk” for being unable or unwilling to graduate high school.
While these statistics may seem disheartening, faculty, families, and students of Tyler County are determined to beat the odds that are against them and be successful by making a difference in our community. One leader in providing this culture of success is Woodville ISD Boys’ Athletic Director Ty Robinson.
Robinson is on a mission to make a difference in our community by starting a new program with the student-athletes in Woodville.
Robinson’s idea is to raise enough money to purchase sportscoats for male student-athletes to promote an atmosphere of success and raise the standard of both the individuals and the athletic program itself. The idea behind the program is to provide initiative, increase pride within the school, and hopefully spark a new tradition that will precede him for many years to come. Not only will this new and exciting program spark joy in the community, but hopefully, it will also encourage the students to want more from life and pursue greatness despite their economically deprived situation.
Our job as a community is to take the future into our own hands and provide a solution, rather than add to the problems we currently face. While we cannot control the state of the world, we can ensure the future of our hometown has more opportunities for success than those who preceded them and hope that they will do the same for the next generation to come.
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