Ruth Mills, Strong Start Program Coordinator for Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk (third from left) accepts a $4,000 cheque from Retired Teachers of Ontario District 12 Norfolk outgoing president Margaret Payne (left), and Project Service To Others Committee Members Hazel Andrews (second from left) and Peter Scovil (right) Tuesday at the Vittoria and Area Community Centre. The funds will be used to support Strong Start programming in Norfolk County. October 14, 2016

Giving young readers a Strong Start to literacy


It was supposed to be a simple photo-op. But outgoing Retired Teachers of Ontario District 12 Norfolk president Margaret Payne couldn’t restrain herself. “The program works,” the retired principal interjected in the final set-up for the cheque presentation. “It’s truly wonderful.” The cheque in question represented a $4,000 contribution from the organization’s Project Service to Others Committee to the Norfolk County component of the Strong Start to Reading program.


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