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Hammond, Indiana – July 29, 2012 – The Hammond Education Foundation has received a $15,000 grant from the Legacy Foundation to fund a new child literacy program, Come and Read with Me. The grant will be used to cover all program expenses, including materials, facilitators, books and refreshments.

The Hammond Education Foundation (HEF) believes that if parents learn what they can do to help their children early in their school years, their chances of success throughout their public school years and beyond are much greater than without parental support.  Many parents do not know what they can do to help their children when they are learning how to read, and many homes do not have age-appropriate books for them to read.

Come and Read with Me was successfully carried out at Kenwood Elementary during the 2011-12 school year, using a Seedling Grant from the Hammond Education Foundation. Literacy Coach Christine Lira and Heidi Moore served as project coordinators, and four kindergarten and first grade teachers participated. The HEF will expand the program to all kindergarten and first grade teachers at Edison, Franklin, Harding, Hess, Jefferson, Kenwood and Morton Elementary Schools in Hammond.

The program will consist of two parts, a teacher training session and three parent workshops. The three-hour teacher workshops will be carried out in September 2012. Those teachers will then go back to their home schools to prepare three parent workshops for the parents of their kindergarten and first grade students. The parent training workshops will be carried out at the seven schools at the convenience of the individual schools and teachers, in approximately one month intervals. All workshops will be completed by March of 2013. While parents attend each after-school workshop on reading strategies, students will listen to a storyteller or guest reader, or participate in other literacy activities. Finally, the students will reunite with their parent to choose a book to take home and read together.

The Hammond Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that has been in existence since 1983, committed to its mission of Supporting Extraordinary Learning Experiences to Help Students Succeed.  In its 29-year existence, more than $1 million in classroom grants and scholarships has been distributed. More information about the HEF may be found at www.hammondeducationfoundation.org.

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Elena Dwyre, Chief Executive Officer of Campagna Academy; Barry Tyler, Program Officer at Legacy Foundation; Keith Jacobs of Experiential Systems

Elena Dwyre, chief executive officer of Campagna Academy, accepts an $8,500 check from Barry Tyler, program officer of Legacy Foundation, during a recent meeting with Keith Jacobs of Experiential Systems of Lansing, IL. “This grant award from the Foundation’s Lake County Community Fund is instrumental in constructing a low-ropes challenge course on our Schererville campus,” said Elena Dwyre.

“The course will provide another therapeutic milieu to our services and will help our residential boys and girls to focus on personal achievements while confronting and overcoming their personal fears and anxieties. And yes, they will have some fun and unique exercise outdoors,” she added.

The installation of the course and training of agency staff are expected to be completed sometime by mid-July. “We look forward to eventually opening our new challenge course to the community,” Dwyre added.

Campagna Academy staff being trained on activities in the Challenger Course

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