Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The REAL Program- Mission to improve Literacy

After three and a half weeks of The REAL Program this summer we have had the good fortune of working with highly dedicated and enthusiastic people of all ages. Here is how it has worked for us this year:  The children that attend The REAL Program now identify themselves as students. The teens who have volunteered now identify themselves as interns. The "more experienced" teachers refer to themselves as mentors. We have built new vocabularies, new communities and relationships and we have learned about people from all over the world and all over the country. All of this has been working on projects that have an underlying theme of literacy.

The high school aged interns have come to us from our own communities of Lynn, Beverly and Swampscott. Other high school students have come from a Rotary Exchange from Germany; a personal family exchange from Spain, New York state and from a Youth Works that brought us mentors and interns from Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Louisiana and Connecticut. College aged mentors come from Ohio University, North Shore Community College and Bridgewater State University.
The REAL Program recently honored Mason Silva on a REAL book Give away at the Lynn Farmer's Market. Mason 's family was there to receive flowers and gratitude for helping other children have access to beautiful new children's books.
We gave out nearly 2000 children's books in two hours. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

First 3 Weeks of Summer at The REAL Program 2015

Making their own "Pajamas of My Dreams" projects with help from teen interns. Author/illustrator visit by Laurie Collins and Margie Florini provided a wonderful presentation and inspiration. 

Youth Works Willie and REAL Eduardo resting up for the next activity at The REAL Program

REAL students engineering a water wall with recyclables inspired by Victoria Hackett

Youth Works John and REAL student, Nilton, share in a story.

REAL moms help plant flowers 

Emily, William, Jonathan, Stephanie, Zekai share a book

Angelli reading to Madison

Piper at Farmer's Market, Lynn

Youth Works volunteer, Emily, shares a story

The REAL Program at Farmer's Market giving out BOOKS

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Tribute to Mason SIlva Book Give Away with The REAL Program in Lynn

Recently, the family of Mason Silva delivered the most incredible gift of beautiful new children's books to The REAL Program as a tribute to their little boy whose life was cut short by childhood cancer. Mason's family orchestrated a collection of children's books to share Mason's love for having someone read to him.
This Thursday, 7/23, please join us at the Lynn Farmer's Market in Central Square at 11:00 for the Tribute to Mason's Free Book Give Away. The REAL Program is honored to help this family give away nearly 2,000 children's books. The REAL Program and Lynn READS are giving away books at the Farmer's Market every Thursday and at St. Stephen's Food Pantry every Friday.
The Lynn Farmer's Market and The Food Project is open from 11:00-3:00.

Please join us!

Saturday, July 4, 2015