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Early Learning Coalition Receives $9k for Literacy Buddies Program

Local businesses pitch in to help fund literacy program for area children.

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PRLog - Sep. 10, 2010 - The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida (ELC) is happy to announce three businesses have stepped up to support the Literacy Buddies program, an initiative aimed at helping young, pre-school children learn to read and write through the receipt of letters and books during the school year. Target, Publix and Synovus Bank have all offered funds through donations and grants for a total of $9,000, to assist in the operational expenses of the program.

“We are so excited and thankful to receive this funding,” commented Jill Corbett, Assessment Coordinator. “Children in the Literacy Buddies program have shown significant improvements in writing and communication skills and this funding will help sure the program’s continued existence.”

In existence for two years, the purpose of Literacy Buddies is to help young, pre-elementary school aged children develop and excel in literacy. In the past year 1,100 children were matched with Literacy Buddies and there are currently 2,000 children ready for matching. For more information on the Literacy Buddies initiative or to download an application, please visit http://www.elcofswfl.org/downloads-literacy_buddy_project... or email literacybuddies@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number.

The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida exists to enhance the quality of children's lives by providing low income families, early childhood educators, care-givers and community partners in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties, with opportunities to positively impact the future. For details on our many services or to donate, please visit http://www.elcofswfl.org or call (239) 267-4105.


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Last Updated:Sep 10, 2010
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