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Lets Get Ready Builds Bridges to College

Scarsdale resident Stephen Karotkin, Board Member and Philanthroposit for Let’s Get Ready (LGR) was honored at their annual benefit on Tuesday night April 27 at Guastavino’s in Manhattan. Now in it’s 12th year, Let’s Get Ready provides SAT tutoring and support for low-income students striving to attend college. Founded in 1998 by Jeannie Lang Rosenthal of Scarsdale, the group has grown from a single site in Mount Vernon to 58 programs that are on track to serve 2,300 students in 2010. College students serve as teachers and mentors helping with test preparation, college selection, and applications for college, financial aid and scholarships.

LGR has been successful; SAT scores of those who attend their program increase by an average of 112 points and 90% go directly onto college. In the past 12 years, LGR has assisted 9,000 students in need to go through the college process and 75% of the students were the first in their families to go on to college.

On Tuesday night, over 500 people turned out to support Let’s Get Ready and to thank Stephen Karotkin, the event co-chairs and the Board of Directors. From Scarsdale, Priscilla Natkins chairs the Board of Directors and college senior Emily Lampert serves on the Board.  Lisa and Andy Rodman were one of the couples chairing Monday night's event. As it costs $500 to take each student through the process, the proceeds from the benefit will go a long way to helping more to realize their dreams. To learn more and get involved, visit: http://www.letsgetready.org/

Many more Scarsdalians are active in the organization or enthusiastic supporters;
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0 #1 Ann Yaspan 2010-04-29 05:43
Sounds like an incredible organization. Education is truly the way to break the cycle of poverty.
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