A Christmas Story: Why one Island women anonymously donated $35,000 to Literacy
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 teacher, 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.
As little as $25 can make a difference. And the more you donate, the bigger the impact.
- $25 – will give 5 brand new books to a child living in poverty. As few as 20 books in a home improves a child’s chance of success in school. The more books you add, the higher the impact.
- $100 – will send a child who struggles in school to a Literacy Camp on school PD days (7 days throughout the school year) “I had so much fun today” - Ryan, a PD Day camp participant
- $250 – will send a child who struggles in school to eight weeks of tutoring over the summer months. “I learned if I try really hard, I can do it” , grade 2 talking about what she learned about herself this summer (2017)
- $500 – will give an adult who lives in poverty, and has struggled with literacy, a financial bursary to help them get to a literacy program in their community. This bursary is awarded to a learner from our PEI Volunteers for Literacy Program who has also committed 6 months to another Literacy or Essential Skills Program such as WES (Workplace Essential Skills Program with Workplace Learning PEI).
- $1000 – will give an adult who has struggled with literacy one-to-one tutoring with a trained tutor for a year.
- $2500 - will give 10 children who struggle in school eight weeks of tutoring over the summer months.
Charitable receipts available.