Be a Learning Hero Congratulates New Jersey Winner of ‘Game Plan for Success’ Contest

New York Mets star Wilmer Flores to present $5,000 to Quitman Street Community School

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2016) – New Jersey’s Quitman Street Community School has been chosen as a New Jersey winner of Be a Learning Hero’s ‘Game Plan for Success’ contest.

To succeed in the big leagues, professional athletes aim high, listen to coaches, practice hard, and then test themselves on game day. That same game plan leads to big wins in classrooms. The ‘Game Plan for Success’ contest recognizes schools that encourage students to work hard and practice their skills by holding them to high expectations.

“Quitman Street Community School truly exemplifies all four tenets of the Game Plan for Success. The school embraces a blended learning philosophy – a model heavy on giving students extensive, individualized feedback. The students, teachers, and staff at Quitman Street Community School are aiming high, listening to teachers, practicing their skills, and testing themselves,” said Game Plan for Success Project Director Jim Cowen. “We’re excited to celebrate the success at Quitman and share their story as an example to other schools in New Jersey and across the country.”

Quitman Street Community School Principal Erskine Glover described the school’s commitment to college- and career-readiness: “A successful Quitman student is one who can successfully compete with any student in the state of New Jersey and the global marketplace.”

Quitman Street Community School students and teachers will be congratulated for their success by Wilmer Flores, a member of the New York Mets, during a school event on Tuesday, April 26 at 10:30 am. Flores will present the school with a cash prize of $5,000.

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Be A Learning Hero is a project of the New Venture Fund, supported by a group of organizations with a shared mission — providing parents with the information and resources they need to support their children’s learning and help them be successful in school.