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Neighbours Helping Neighbours – Thank You Sifton Family Foundation

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As a top-quality builder, with properties in Brantford, Guelph, London and Waterloo Region, Sifton Properties invests where their staff and clients live, work and raise families. With a specific focus on education and helping the next generation prepare for a successful future, our Letters, Sounds and Words program was a perfect fit with their neighbourly philosophy. Honouring Brier Park Public School in Brantford, which serves their tenants in the Brier Park community, was a wonderful way to support their local residents.

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Toyota’s Lids4Kids Program Helps More Children Read

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Good corporate citizens, and environmental leaders, are great descriptors for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. With a Tim Horton’s onsite to serve employees, staff are encouraged to put the lids of their cups in a separate slot in the recycling container. In honour of their teams efforts to recycle, Toyota created the Lids4Kids program, where a donation is made to a children’s charity each quarter, in recognition of the lids collected.

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Story Update: Once Upon a Time

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Our Get Ready for School program helps children get comfortable in a learning environment. They practise routines. They make friends. They read stories. Randi St. Laurent shared her daughter’s experience in the program in this original testimonial. We followed up this summer to see how they are doing now.

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Increased Support for Greater Impact – Retired Teachers of Ontario District 11

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Our partnership with the Retired Teachers of Ontario District 11 has continued to grow over the past few years. Many of their members generously volunteer their time in our Letters, Sounds and Words program, and are incredibly passionate about ensuring young learners acquire essential reading skills. The Strong Start team were incredibly humbled by the $4,000.00 cheque provided in support of our programs, with a matching one promised from the provincial office of the Retired Teachers of Ontario.

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Get Ready for School™ Results for 2017

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The Get Ready for School program was offered in 16 sites across Waterloo Region, and served a total of 318 children. A total of 90 children in the program did not speak English on a regular basis at home, with an additional children children who spoke English as well as a second language at home. The program was supported by 39 paid instructors, and 34 volunteers, who gave approximately 940 hours of volunteer time to the program.

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Video: Supporting Children in a Fun & Engaging Way

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Susan Fitzgerald is the Site Co-ordinator of the Letters, Sounds and Words program at Sacred Heart C.E.S. In this video, she talks about how the program is simply helping children learn their letters, sounds and words in a fun and engaging way. “The children love to come. They love to work with their volunteers. They love the games. They leave the program feeling good about themselves and it is witnessed when I do the post-test.”