Joe Archer, Kindergarten Teacher and Staff Site Co-ordinator shares his perspective on the Letters, Sounds and Words program, and the difference he’s seen in the classroom from children who participate.
Hear from parents, partners, volunteers, and champions in these videos.
Nicole Auld, Learning Resource Teacher and Site Co-ordinator shares her perspective on the Letters, Sounds and Words program, how easy it was to implement at her school and the benefits she’s seen for the children involved.
Janice Hughes, Principal at Hagersville Elementary School shares her perspective on the Letters, Sounds and Words program, it’s validity, and the benefits for the children and volunteers.
Judy Moore, Learning Resource Teacher and Staff Co-ordinator shares how much schools value volunteers coming in to work with children and the positive impact they are having on children’s literacy skills.
Kathy Taylor, volunteer Site Co-ordinator and former teachers shares stories of success in the Letters, Sounds and WordsTM program. Together, we can make a lasting difference for children by helping them learn to read.
Andrea Smith, Principal at Ecole Fairview School in Brantford shares her perspective on the Letters, Sounds and Words program, and the benefits for children who are learning French.
Lynn Kennedy, a retired educator shares her experience as a Volunteer Site Co-ordinator for the Letters, Sounds and Words program. Why is she so passionate about the program? Like Strong Start, Lynn believes every child can learn to read, that we only have to find the key to unlock their potential.
My daughter showed significant improvements in her literacy skills because of the Letters, Sounds and Words program. I decided to volunteer my time in the program on the days I was off from work, and very quickly found that my volunteer position provided a greater sense of accomplishment than my career did at the time. This changed my life forever.
I have always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was a little girl. Volunteering with Strong Start was crucial to solidifying my desire to work with younger children and subsequently encouraged me to enroll for the Early Childhood Educator Fast Track program at Conestoga College.
Ralph Hastings, a Volunteer Coach in the Letters, Sounds and Words program at Branlyn Community School has seen first-hand the difference his gift of time makes for children learning to read.