BENEFITING: United Way Silicon Valley
EVENT DATE: Jun 21, 2013
Join me in supporting Early Learning Success!
Those that know me well know how committed I am to the work that I do at United Way Silicon Valley. I have been lucky to work here for 5 1/2 years doing what I love to do, working with kids and elementary schools to help ensure that all kids have access to quality early education. Throughout the year you can find me mentoring 1st graders weekly, delivering Summer Reading Kits to promote literacy over summer vacation, reading with classrooms on Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss' B-Day), leading school beautification projects, among many other activities. The work that I do is mainly focused in the Alum Rock School District in East San Jose where many of the schools are challenged with kids who have too little preparation and fall behind before they ever start school.
Though I have been very active in these schools, I am now embarking on something that I've never done before – a personal fundraising effort to help launch a new program this summer.
In partnership with the Alum Rock School District, we are hoping to help kids get ready for kindergarten by expanding the “Bridge to Kindergarten” program in 6 elementary schools. This 3-week program is designed to give kids who have little or no pre-school experience the tools they need for a successful start in school.
Please support this community effort with me and consider donating to help us build this program.You can help with even a small donation.
All funds go directly to the 'Brige to Kindergarten' program.
To learn more about the program, click here. Other ways to get involved include volunteering and taking the pledge to support 'Early Learning Success' online.
Thanks very much for your support!
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Why is this program important?
The Alum Rock School District is the fifth largest school district in Santa Clara County, serving families in East San Jose who face multiple challenges, including limited quality preschool opportunities. To make matters worse, in the past five years the state has cut nearly 33% of preschool education funding. Too many children in the Alum Rock School District enter kindergarten without the language, literacy, social and other skills needed to ensure school success. This hurts their ability to read proficiently by the time they complete third grade, which is essential for future academic success. Kids who start behind often stay behind.
National research shows that children who are proficient in reading in elementary school are much more likely to be successful later in life. We are not just investing in our children’s future; we are investing in our own future as well. Silicon Valley depends on a strong workforce that is capable of succeeding in a knowledge-based economy. Please join me in helping to prepare children for a successful life!!