330 Graduating Anaheim Elementary Elementary School Readers Gain Phonetic Skills and Self-Confidence with 10-week Literacy Program

Literacy Project Foundation’s (LPF) reading program concludes with significant growth for struggling readers performing below English proficiency


Anaheim, CA – Last week, Literacy Project Foundation (LPF) hosted a series of special ceremonies to congratulate the graduating classes of LPF’s reading program. This spring (April to June) LPF serviced 330 struggling readers at no cost at 19 schools in Anaheim, 15 of which are a part of the Anaheim Achieves after-school program. Graduations are held at the culmination of each program to award the students for their improvements in reading skills levels and self-esteem as confident readers.

LPF Master Teacher Sarah Hernandez held a special ceremony for her graduating class at Alexander J. Stoddard School on Wednesday, June 20. Daniel Korpman, Board member and President of LPF’s support guild for young professionals Literacy In Vision (LIV), was in attendance along with parents, friends, and YMCA employees.

“I am incredibly thrilled with the results and how these students have grown both academically and socially. They have gone from a level of not being comfortable reading in front of others, not wanting to participate, and not understanding short vowel sounds to running into the classroom to see what the new cards were that day and understanding the more complicated skills and phonics. They graduated with a confidence level that they did not have before,” stated Hernandez. Along with their certificate of completion, Hernandez gave each of her students a goodie bag to congratulate them for their hard work.

For the 39 elementary schools in the Anaheim School District, LPF raises funds to help struggling readers increase their phonics skills levels through LPF’s 10-week reading program. Upon graduation, documented pre and post-testing results prove significant measureable growth in reading skills levels with 3rd and 4th graders who were performing well below English proficiency standards.

The following Anaheim Achieves schools received Literacy Project Foundation’s program: Abraham Lincoln, Adelaide Price, Alexander J. Stoddard, Clara Barton, Dr. Jonas E. Salk, James M. Guinn, John Marshall, Juliette Low, Loara, Mattie Lou Maxwell, Palm Lane, Sunkist, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas A. Edison, Westmont. In-classroom instruction was also provided at Paul Revere and Savanna School District Elementary Schools: Holder, Cerritos, Twila Reid, and Gus Hansen.

About Literacy Project Foundation
The Literacy Project Foundation will bring the gift of literacy to children as a foundational learning element to help achieve their personal dreams. Their mission is to enable at-risk and disadvantaged youth to increase their reading skill levels. The goal of the Foundation is to enable these children to become self-sufficient, productive and contributing members of our society. For more information, visit www.literacyprojectfoundation.org.

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