As little as $25 will make a difference. The more you give, the bigger the impact.
PEI Literacy Alliance launches Holiday Giving Campaign to fund its expanding tutoring program
For the past 18 years, the Alliance has run its highly successful summer tutoring program called ‘Ready Set Learn’. Each summer, up to 25 tutors work one-to-one with close to 800 elementary-aged children who struggle in school. The success of this summer program combined with the needs of Island Children have led the Alliance to work at expanding this into a year-round program.
“There is an increasing need for tutoring to help children who struggle to keep pace with their peers.” says Alliance Chairperson Jeff Murphy, “To address the need, the Alliance is offering its free tutoring program during this school year as a pilot expansion. As a result, an additional 144 children in seven schools will receive free one-to-one tutoring. Our goal is to make the Ready Set Learn Program year-round and help 1600 Island children annually by 2019/2020.”
You can help the Alliance achieve their goal by donating today or anytime during their Give the Gift of Literacy This Holiday Season campaign. This campaign was launched today on #GivingTuesday – a global movement for giving and a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes, such as literacy.
Children who participated this summer expressed valuable lessons they learned: “I learned I was smart”, “I learned that if I try hard, I can actually do it (math)”, “I learned that I like to read”. These quotes speak to what the Alliance is working on – building confidence and literacy skills.
Last month, the Alliance asked 17 schools if they would like to be considered for the pilot expansion. These were the schools near the Alliance’s chosen pilot locations – four PEI Public Libraries. All but one said they were interested, and the Alliance did a draw to choose the seven elementary schools that are taking part in the pilot. They are: Greenfield, Elm Street, Prince Street, Sherwood, Englewood, Georgetown and Cardigan Consolidated.
Georgetown Elementary’s Vice Principal Sheryl O’Hanley said “We are excited that this program will help so many of our students and that it takes place right in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity - thank you. This program will provide an early intervention for many of our students and provide an opportunity for our middle school students to get the extra instruction they need.”
While the Alliance has secured funding to run this pilot, it has not secured any funding to run the program with 20 tutors for 2019/2020. The Alliance thanks the following organizations for supporting the pilot program: The Rotary Literacy Foundation, The Guardian and Journal Pioneer’s Newspapers in Education Program, United Way of PEI and the Government of Prince Edward Island.
You can help the Alliance achieve its goal of helping 1600 children annually. Donate today online at www.peiliteracy.ca or call 902-368-3620.
A Christmas Story: Why one Island woman donated $35,000 to Literacy in PEI
(Please share in this wonderful story of generosity from last December (2017).)
A very generous donor called the Alliance on December 8th to say she wanted to anonymously donate a mutual fund worth approximately $35,000 to our Give the Gift of Literacy Campaign. We’ll call her ‘Bonnie.’
Bonnie explained that she was making this large donation in memory of her mother who died recently. Bonnie’s mother was a home-maker who worked part-time with children who struggled with reading and writing for many years in the 1960s. This was at a time when one-room schools were the norm. Bonnie’s mother worked on a Remedial Reading Program where she ran an after-school program from her home.
Literacy was one of her mother’s many passions and she instilled the love of reading in her own children as well as those she worked with through the Remedial Reading Program. A few years ago, one of her mother’s former students, then a child, and now a grown man, ran into her mother at a social event. He walked across the room to thank his former tutor, Bonnie’s mother. He told her about the impact she had on him those many years ago. He thanked her sincerely saying because of her, he has been successful in his life. He had wanted to thank her for a long time and was thrilled to finally have the chance.
Bonnie’s mother helped this man reach his full potential. She helped him improve his skills and boost his confidence when he was just a child. This extra help set him on the right path and led him to success. This large donation will further Bonnie mother’s impact on people like this man. The money will be used to support more than 30 tutors working one-on-one with children and adults throughout the year. These programs are free and for the most vulnerable – the ones who struggle the most.
“My hope is that our story encourages others to donate. The need is huge,” says Bonnie.