The stories behind The Foundation
In this section, we share a few of our favorite news stories and information as we partner with you to advance literacy and close the achievement gap for children in at-risk communities all around the world.
Bridgette Heller, Co-Founder and Volunteer CEO of the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation, shares her passion for reading that was instilled at a young age, and why it lead her to create the M.A.S.T.R. Kids program, one of four children’s literacy programs funded by the Juvenile Welfare Board. Bridgette also shares how her organization has had to pivot to serve children during COVID, and how important relationships have been during these challenging times.
Meet Isaiah Tell us a little about yourself. I am Isaiah, and I am a preteen. I live with both my parents and four siblings. I am in the 7th grade. I attend church regularly and I admire our pastor. The position I play on my Varsity Pee Wee football team is defensive tackle. I
Many elders are suffering from increased depression and dementia due to isolation during COVID-19.
In this month’s newsletter: Return to School — Onsite or On-Line? This is the Question “What are we?” “Corona-Free!”; “How do we stay?” “Mask up all day!” STEAM — building skills while having FUN A blessed conversation with the elders Novartis CEO gives a lesson on vaccines Celebrating Our Readers! Read The August 2020 Newsletter
There is a clear national perspective suggesting that the families in communities like South St. Pete will be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 given the economic demographics. The children/students of the community will likely struggle to overcome long term impacts. These articles provide additional perspective. COVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color http://neatoday.org/2020/04/24/covid-19-and-communities-of-color/ Why covid-19
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Just because summer is a break from school, it doesn’t have to be a break from learning. By signing your child up for a summer day camp, you can give them a chance to immerse themselves in an activity that interests them, while keeping their brain engaged. This blog post on the site of the Whitby School offers great insight as to the importance of academic enrichment during the summer out-of-school time period.