In coordination with Indianapolis Public Schools and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, plus city government officials and corporate partners, the Indians created a 501 C-3 not-for-profit called RightFit. The initiative provides homework help, nutrition education, physical fitness, dinner and a ride home to students at four Indianapolis elementary schools. RightFit groups meet after school three days a week for 18 weeks.
The support of Indianapolis Public School Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee has been indispensable for RightFit. This year RightFit will be operating in three IPS Elementary Schools: Daniel Webster School 46 at 1450 South Reisner, Francis Parker School 56 at 2353 North Columbia Avenue and Meredith Nicholson School 96 at 3651 N. Kiel. RightFit will also operate in Holy Angels Catholic School, a Notre Dame Ace Academy, that is part of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. RightFit had an enrollment of close to 500 students in 2017; we expect 550+ children to be participating in 2018.
One of the difference makers for RightFit is that it will once again be executed with a strong presence of Public Safety in the schools. The Indianapolis Police Department, the Indianapolis Fire Department, the Indiana Parole Board, Indiana State Police, IPS Police and the Indiana National Guard will all be involved in an effort to present opportunities for inner city students to develop positive relationships with members of Public Safety.
AT&T is the corporate sponsor of the connection between Public Safety and RightFit. AT&T is also working to provide affordable accessibility to the internet. If at least one person in a family is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participant, a family may qualify for home internet at a discounted rate. AT&T suggests visiting att.com/access for details