Garrett Crawford’s family struggled to get back on their feet after an unanticipated job loss and death of a family member. His fortune turned when he was recruited into the Take Stock in Children Volusia County program and was paired with mentor, Ron Rodgers.
Ron, literally, gave flight to Garrett’s dreams. Taking an early interest in creating an elastic-launch glider for his Science Olympaid Club, Garrett turned to his mentor for advice and help. As a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Ron took the opportunity to take Garrett and his dad to fly radio control planes in an effort to expand Garrett’s knowledge base. Then he helped Garrett enter into a district Mission Possible competition, where he placed fourth in the region.
With patience and guidance, Ron is paving Garrett’s career pathway into the Sciences and providing an additional adult figure to help him through high school and into college. As Garrett described Ron, “He immediately began to have a positive impact on my academic and personal success.”
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