Brené Brown once said stories are data with a soul. The children in our Letters, Sounds and Words™ program do make incredible gains in their literacy skills, but it is their stories that touch our hearts.  We have stories of children gaining confidence and self-esteem. We have stories of children making incredible gains in their early literacy skills. We have stories of volunteers seeing first-hand their impact on the children they work with. We have stories of community members truly making a difference in the life of a child.

Every parent, child and volunteer is unique, as is their experience in this program. Do you have a Letters, Sounds and Words story you wish to tell? Send us an e-mail at

Featured Stories

A Beneficial Program for Everyone Involved

I would like to share my extreme satisfaction with being involved with the Letters, Sounds and Words program for the past five years. The first time I read about this program through our school board’s email, I knew it was what we needed at our school to help our young struggling students.

Story Update: Bigger Dreams and a Brighter Future - Sean's Story

Sean's story was one of Strong Start's first videos. He participated in our Letters, Sounds and Words program back in 2011. Over the 10-weeks, his skills, confidence and self-esteem grew. We followed up with his mother, Carolyn, recently who filled us in how school is going for Sean now. He stills dreams big and bright.

Story Update: His Breakthrough Moment - Oliver's Story

Oliver participated in our Letters, Sounds and Words program a few years back and had a wonderful experience. We followed up with his mother, Melanie Lee to see how Oliver is doing with his reading now and how school is going. Here is the continuation of Oliver's story.

From Frustration to Opening a Passion for Reading

Reading has always been an important part of our nightly routine. As Easton started Grade 1, his world opened up to learning about how to read, instead of just hearing the books. His frustration grew, as his learning style was different. One day, I received a form from Easton’s class, asking if we were interested in signing him up for the Strong Start program. I was excited at the opportunity!

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