Before the program, getting Xander to go to school was a huge struggle for our family. I think one of the fears he had was that he didn’t feel capable, or even on par with the other children. He didn’t want to look silly in front of them. As a parent, that was really hard to take.
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!
Jennifer McLaren-Gibbons, Principal at St. Leos C.E.S in Brantford shares the impact improved literacy skills have on children’s development. “Literacy is integral to every part of our curriculum. Strong Start gives children the opportunity to master essential reading skills in a one-to-one setting and an opportunity for them to feel success. “
I volunteered with the Strong Start program through Nipissing University in Brantford. I am in the concurrent education program for the junior/intermediate level and decided that Strong Start training would be good practice for my teaching career.
During National Volunteer Week, the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area presents the Volunteer Impact Awards Gala to honour individuals, teams, and organizations for the generous gifts of time in Waterloo Region. On Thursday, April 27th, 2017, two such community champions involved with our organization were honoured and publicly recognized for their kind contributions.
Each year, Strong Start relies on the gifts of time of thousands of caring individuals who go above and beyond to help children learn to read. Whether they are working one-on-one with children in local … Continued
Carol, a Volunteer Coach in our Letters, Sounds and Words program shares what she finds rewarding about working with children in the Letters and Sounds strands.
We couldn’t do what we do with the generous gifts of time and financial gifts we receive from individuals, businesses, foundations, service clubs, groups and more. The award we received this month is recognition for all of us and the work we’re doing to ensuring young children learn to read. Thank you to our program partners, volunteers, donors, and community champions for making a difference in the life of a child.
Since 2014, the Brantford Blast Hockey Organization has been generously hosting Strong Start nights, giving away family passes to children and volunteers in the program. We look forward to these events each and every year, and thank the Blast for being true literacy champions.
I have the privilege of being an instructor for the Get Ready for SchoolTM program at two of the Cambridge locations. After being home with my children for quite a while, I decided it was time to head back into the workforce. Strong Start is an incredible organization to work for that offers a wonderful work/life balance.