BENEFITING: HELPS EDUCATION FUND
Join our BBQs--Donate today!
Do you love BBQ? Or are you just passionate about education? Throughout the summer and fall supporters of the Helps Education Fund attended Back to School BBQs to bring in the new school year.
It's not too late for you to take part! From now until October 6th, supporters will donate online and eat BBQ at home. Join in on the fun!
How will the money be used? 100% of the money raised at the BBQs will be dedicated to launching Project SPARK. Project SPARK empowers families to effectively improve their children’s literacy skills with fun, research-supported, and easy-to-use activities that can be used in the comfort of their own homes. Among other benefits, SPARK will offer an easy to navigate website of free resources, activities, videos, and information. The activities are designed for children from birth to 6th grade because this is the critical time that children need to develop strong reading skills. When parents use research-based early reading activities in the home, students’ reading skills meaningfully improve. These skills are vital for students’ success throughout school and into their working lives as adults. There are many other features of Project SPARK, including live professional development opportunities for families, a non-internet manual of activities and videos, as well as unique and easy to use methods for fostering positive communication between parents and teachers. Therefore, Project SPARK is also designed with schools and teachers in mind.