122 students take free PSAT, PRA tests

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Goose Creek NAACP Branch partnered with The Princeton Review to offer students the chance to practice the SAT and ACT tests Saturday, and 122 young people to advantage of the opportunity.
Goose Creek High School Principal Jimmy Huskey and the Berkeley County School District supported the annual event.
The PSAT doesn't count towards college admissions. However, it is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarships. That means that the highest scoring students may win scholarship money.
Similar to the SAT, the PSAT has three sections that cover math, critical reading, and writing. 
 Goose Creek NAACP is committed to help more students reap the benefit of test preparation. This event was open to all residents regardless of race or national origin.
Since the Goose Creek branch of the NAACP was chartered in 2004, education has been a priority on its civil rights agenda. 
Brenda Bines Watson is a former branch president and education committee chairperson.
“Education is a civil right and in a democracy it is only right and fair that all people regardless of race or national origin should have the right to a decent education,” Watson said. “Our partnership with The Princeton Review and Berkeley County School District provides a platform for helping students achieve greater success and I am proud to be a part of this effort. 
“This partnership was the brainchild of my cousin and first president of the Goose Creek NAACP Branch, Andrea Glover Matthews who passed away 18 months ago.”
Reducing the achievement gap between minorities and other students and ensuring equal educational opportunity remains one of the branch's top priorities.
Student participation was diverse and test takers came from Berkeley County, Charleston County, and Dorchester County School Districts.  The students and parents were greeted by Goose Creek NAACP President David Cakley and many stayed for breakfast provided by the branch.
“I am pleased with the turnout and the success of our partnerships to provide free PSAT and PRA exams,” Cakley said. “Brenda Bines Watson and the other volunteers are to be commended for their superb work.” 
Educators from the Goose Creek NAACP and local education professionals volunteered to assist and be proctors for the exams, and Goose Creek High School Counselor Maria Abrash provided onsite assistance and support.
The proctors included Gloria Taylor, Sharina Haynes, Barbara Phillips, Iona Soodoo, Shirley Hill Blunt, Marlene Lemon, Beverly Hargrow, Eyamba Williams and Tamekia Morant.
“We believe everyone is entitled to good public education. That’s why my wife, Andrea Glover Matthews sought these partnerships to make this free testing available to all students” said John Matthews, Goose Creek NAACP Branch Education Committee member.
A Scores Back Session for Parents and Students will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon, also at Goose Creek High School. 
Call Brenda Bines Watson at 870-4225 or email April Ridgeway at aridgeway@review.com for more information.

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