Your support helps an academic achiever soar

You may not know it, but you helped a future neurosurgeon with his homework.

Yes, Rockelv, 13, has always been a bright kid. But he says it was the discipline he learned at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Club’s “Power Hour” – the time members must spend on schoolwork and academic skills once they arrive at the Club – that made him an even stronger student.

“If I didn’t have that (Power Hour), I would have probably just gone home and done nothing,” he says.

The help you provided paid off. Rockelv’s scores on a national test showed he reads above high school level and is one of the top eighth-grade readers in the entire Cleveland Municipal School District. Tests also showed he knew 60 percent of the eighth-grade science material before starting eighth grade.

Rockelv, who lives in Glenville and attends Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy, has been accepted to Saint Ignatius High School. He says going there should help him prepare for college and, ultimately, medical school. Rockelv’s goal is to go to medical school and become a neurosurgeon.

“The people at the Club positioned me to be even more advanced in my academics, and I really appreciate that,” he says.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Rockelv plays Club basketball and enjoys poetry, rap and music. He has also helped create a mural with Sankofa Arts, and the piece will be installed this summer.