The Lee Pesky Learning Center is expanding its literacy programming this fall for English language learners in Blaine County.
As an educational non-profit with a focus on creating pathways to learning for everyone, they are expanding their services, all thanks to a $69,850 grant from the Idaho Out-of-School Network.
LPLC’s Literacy Pods launched three years ago as a summer pilot program for English learners to offset school closure impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wood River Valley by providing ‘after school’ support for English Learners and other students.
LPLC is currently serving 27 elementary-aged students four days each week at Bellevue Elementary School in Blaine County.
“LPLC’s Literacy Pods program creates an impact on students that will last forever, explains LPLC’s Literacy Pods Program Director Jahziel Hawley-Maldonado. “Seeing their growth and confidence as readers is very satisfying and
helps me to see the value we are creating in their lives.”
Lessons delivered by LPLC focus on letter-sound fluency, phonemic awareness, sight words, and decoding.
The program will continue to expand throughout the academic year, leaders tell CBS 2, providing a key support to schools in helping all students develop their reading skills.
This after school program is in partnership with the YMCA and Far & Wise.
And that’s not all – the Lee Pesky Learning Center is also expanding its Literacy Pods model in the Vallivue School District thanks to the support of funding from the Silver Family Foundation.
You can view the original article, as reported by Sarah Jacobsen of CBS2 here.