An educator based in SC, Alice Ashley Hewitt graduated from Clemson University with a degree in elementary education. In connection to her passion for teaching, Ashley Hewitt is a supporter of the advocacy group Stand for Children.
Stand for Children is an organization that believes that all children should have the equal opportunity to succeed in life. Thus, in fulfilling this goal, Stand for Children educates and empowers the community to demand excellent education. The organization also advocates for policies and funding that would impact classrooms across the country.
There are many reasons why Stand for Children advocates for education among other initiatives. The approximate number of high school students who don’t graduate each year reaches up to 1.2 million, and the United States is ranked only 22nd among all industrialized nations in terms of graduation rate. Moreover, a majority of students today are living in poverty and are 13 times less likely to graduate on time. Of those who do graduate high school, however, only 25 percent of them are actually prepared for college, as only 46 percent of those who enter college graduate. These figures are the reasons why Stand for Children performs its advocacy work.
If you are interested in helping the cause, visit www.stand.org.