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A Growing Knowledge of the Alphabet

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I just wanted to share some feedback regarding our experience with the Get Ready for School program. Prior to attending, Mateo had limited knowledge of the alphabet. Now, nearly 3 months later, he can identify most letters and accompanying sounds. The books that are sent home serve as great practice and reinforcement. Mateo is excited to identify letters in posters, billboards, pictures, etc.

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Video: Developing a Love of Reading and Writing

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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.

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From Frustration to Opening a Passion for Reading

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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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Video: Literacy Skills Help in All Areas of Learning

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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. “

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Two Amazing Strong Start Volunteers Honoured at the 12th Annual Volunteer Impact Awards Gala

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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.

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Strong Start Recipient of Business Excellence Award

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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.

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A Sense of Accomplishment

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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.

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Knights of Columbus Invest in Children’s Futures

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Twice a year, the Maryhill Knights of Columbus host their famous “Vegas Night” where individuals of all ages are invited to come out for a chance to win turkeys, hams, grocery hamper, quilts, gift certificates and more. The event has been running for over 45 years, with all of the proceeds going to support local charities.