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The Power of the Crowd Could Rescue Reading Program
Providence Glen Hopes It Won’t Be Closing the Book on Summer Literacy Series
“Save Summer Literacy at Providence Glen” has brought together a diverse group of supporters. Praxia Partners, a Columbus-based sustainable development firm, donated $4,500 to cover half of the budget shortfall. Now, Dayspring Christian Community Development Corporation, a faith-based nonprofit, and Providence Glen’s other development and management companies are reaching out to the community to help raise the other half.
Thirty-five second through fifth graders from Somali refugee and immigrant families attend the program, which combats “summer slide,”
“There are few, if any, summer learning opportunities for children in our affordable housing communities like Providence Glen,”
Abdulazeez, age 8, said, "There are a lot of fun activities here and a lot of reading, so when I go to 4th grade I will be better at reading." Without the summer program, he explained, "I would probably just be watching TV." Fardowsa, 9, said, "I like coming because we learn new words and go on field trips." When asked to describe her summer without ESL Afterschool Communities, Hoda, 9, said, “It would be boring."
“We really want to set these kids up for a successful school year and give them the tools they need to find their love of reading,”
“The ESL program has demonstrated its effectiveness in promoting healthy learning habits for aspiring students,”
To donate, visit “Save Summer Literacy at Providence Glen (http://www.indiegogo.com/
About ESL Afterschool Communities
ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) is an acclaimed outreach initiative of Columbus State Community College’
Dayspring Christian Community Development Corporation was established as the community development extension of Rhema Christian Center in order to provide affordable housing to low and moderate income households and to promote economic self-sufficiency.
About Praxia Partners
Praxia Partners was founded by Joe Recchie to advance sustainable community and economic development. Through its Bridge Program, Praxia Partners seeks to buoy organizations and programs that promote community-building.
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