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WOW Presents $26,000 Check to Davidsen to Assist ESE and ELL Students

On Jan. 11 WOW staff presented a $26,000 check to Davidsen Middle School for the Performing Arts, representing the proceeds of last October’s Great West Chase races.

The proceeds aimed at helping Davidsen students who have learning disabilities or who speak English as a second language.

Davidsen serves a high number of families whose first language isn’t English. After a student’s first year, their test scores on the state’s standardized tests count toward the school’s overall grade. Davidsen’s B grade is, in part, tied to the difficulties some of these students have on standardized tests, administered only in English. While the tested subjects may be math and science, a student’s ability to understand the test question is impacted by their fluency rather than their subject mastery.

WOW Business Manager Leslie Blaze, who chaired The Great West Chase, stated, “We hope these funds will help these students improve their English fluency and also assist those students who need specialized learning help. We’re excited about this opportunity to help these kids, and, in turn, help Davidsen earn the school grade of A that accurately reflects the great job their teachers and administration do every day.”

Blaze added, “We’re so grateful for all the runners, volunteers and sponsors who ensured the race was such a success.”

Accepting the check from Blaze and WOW Publisher Chris Barrett were Davidsen Principal Stacy Arena and the school’s assistant principals, Rachel Schuerman and Chris Woolley.

“I’m very thrilled and overwhelmed by the generosity of WOW and the community,” said Arena of the check. “And we will put it to good use toward programs to help our students.”

For information about sponsoring the next Great West Chase, contact Blaze at

By Chris Barrett, Publisher


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