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Donation Helps Boost Strong Start Program

Members of Sifton Family Foundation and Strong Start program pose with large novelty cheque during donation

Caption: Members of the Strong Start program and the Sifton Family Foundation during the cheque presentation

The Strong Start program, a charity which provides early literacy intervention and operates in almost all of Grand Erie’s elementary schools, got a significant boost thanks to a $20,000 donation from the Sifton Family Foundation last week.

The cheque, which was presented at Brier Park Public School, will support the Strong Start literacy program throughout Grand Erie.

“Everything is connected to literacy, and experiences in early learning environments have important consequences for children’s long-term development,” said Ruth Mills, program coordinator at Strong Start, and former Grand Erie administrator. “Strong Start provides an early literacy intervention, reaching students during their development and before they fall behind, get discouraged, and disengage from school.”

Strong Start is a registered Canadian children’s charity that works in partnership with the community, schools, and school boards to help children gain literacy skills. With a vision of “All Children Read,” Strong Start’s primary activity is to plan and implement programs that promote literacy development in the primary and junior grades. In total, 57 Grand Erie schools participate, with 910 students enrolled in the Strong Start program last year. The Sifton Family Foundation provides grants supporting family, children, and youth.

The donation celebrates the partners in the community whose contributions enhance the learning experiences of Grand Erie's students, a pivotal part of what adds up to success for every student.

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