Mountain tutoring program gets funding boost, new name

News Jun 11, 2015 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

A local school tutoring program has received five more years of funding — and a new name.

The volunteer program — offered by Neighbour to Neighbour (N2N) at 14 schools across the Mountain — has been renamed the Neighbour to Neighbour Jack Parent Tutoring Program, after a longtime donor and children's advocate who died last year.

Parent who had long sat on the board of directors at the Halo Foundation, the founding donors of the program who, earlier this spring, announced another $100,000 infusion over the next five years.

"It's one of the best things we've ever done," foundation chair and founder Michele Darling said Thursday, at a graduation celebration for this year's participants at St. Michael's Catholic Elementary School.

The Halo Foundation funds education and development programs for youth under 25.

The N2N tutoring program aims to get kids, in grades 1 through 3, reading at their grade level. Each tutor works with four to five students, meeting up to three times a week. All of the tutors are instructed and supervised by retired teachers.

"We've had steel workers to PhDs and everyone in between," said Deban Brunette, N2N's director of educational programming.

Kay Parent, Jack's wife, who is also on the Halo board, was in attendance for the naming announcement. It was Kay who originally brought the tutoring program to the foundation's attention after learning about their work from a friend.

A former Hamilton teacher for 35 years, Parent was one of the original volunteers with the program — and applauds the one-on-one connections that the tutors forge with their students.

"Even 10 to 15 minutes, it benefits them so much," she says.

More than 2,000 kids have graduated from the program since it started in 2003. What started out as a small project with just 15 kids and three volunteers at one school has grown to include more than 100 volunteers and 230 students.

Catholic school board chair Pat Daly thanked the volunteers Thursday, noting that "in times of increasingly difficult budgets, the work you do is particularly important.

"I can't think of more important work for people to volunteer to do," he said — particularly on the "underserved" Mountain.

The St. Michael's crew is particularly special because they are the first group to have gone through the program for three years straight — which is crucial for collecting data on the program's successes, Brunette explained.

The group of kids squealed as they tore into gift bags at the event, which contained books for them to read over the summer.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @MollyatTheSpec

Mountain tutoring program gets funding boost, new name

News Jun 11, 2015 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

A local school tutoring program has received five more years of funding — and a new name.

The volunteer program — offered by Neighbour to Neighbour (N2N) at 14 schools across the Mountain — has been renamed the Neighbour to Neighbour Jack Parent Tutoring Program, after a longtime donor and children's advocate who died last year.

Parent who had long sat on the board of directors at the Halo Foundation, the founding donors of the program who, earlier this spring, announced another $100,000 infusion over the next five years.

"It's one of the best things we've ever done," foundation chair and founder Michele Darling said Thursday, at a graduation celebration for this year's participants at St. Michael's Catholic Elementary School.

The Halo Foundation funds education and development programs for youth under 25.

The N2N tutoring program aims to get kids, in grades 1 through 3, reading at their grade level. Each tutor works with four to five students, meeting up to three times a week. All of the tutors are instructed and supervised by retired teachers.

"We've had steel workers to PhDs and everyone in between," said Deban Brunette, N2N's director of educational programming.

Kay Parent, Jack's wife, who is also on the Halo board, was in attendance for the naming announcement. It was Kay who originally brought the tutoring program to the foundation's attention after learning about their work from a friend.

A former Hamilton teacher for 35 years, Parent was one of the original volunteers with the program — and applauds the one-on-one connections that the tutors forge with their students.

"Even 10 to 15 minutes, it benefits them so much," she says.

More than 2,000 kids have graduated from the program since it started in 2003. What started out as a small project with just 15 kids and three volunteers at one school has grown to include more than 100 volunteers and 230 students.

Catholic school board chair Pat Daly thanked the volunteers Thursday, noting that "in times of increasingly difficult budgets, the work you do is particularly important.

"I can't think of more important work for people to volunteer to do," he said — particularly on the "underserved" Mountain.

The St. Michael's crew is particularly special because they are the first group to have gone through the program for three years straight — which is crucial for collecting data on the program's successes, Brunette explained.

The group of kids squealed as they tore into gift bags at the event, which contained books for them to read over the summer.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @MollyatTheSpec

Mountain tutoring program gets funding boost, new name

News Jun 11, 2015 by Molly Hayes The Hamilton Spectator

A local school tutoring program has received five more years of funding — and a new name.

The volunteer program — offered by Neighbour to Neighbour (N2N) at 14 schools across the Mountain — has been renamed the Neighbour to Neighbour Jack Parent Tutoring Program, after a longtime donor and children's advocate who died last year.

Parent who had long sat on the board of directors at the Halo Foundation, the founding donors of the program who, earlier this spring, announced another $100,000 infusion over the next five years.

"It's one of the best things we've ever done," foundation chair and founder Michele Darling said Thursday, at a graduation celebration for this year's participants at St. Michael's Catholic Elementary School.

The Halo Foundation funds education and development programs for youth under 25.

The N2N tutoring program aims to get kids, in grades 1 through 3, reading at their grade level. Each tutor works with four to five students, meeting up to three times a week. All of the tutors are instructed and supervised by retired teachers.

"We've had steel workers to PhDs and everyone in between," said Deban Brunette, N2N's director of educational programming.

Kay Parent, Jack's wife, who is also on the Halo board, was in attendance for the naming announcement. It was Kay who originally brought the tutoring program to the foundation's attention after learning about their work from a friend.

A former Hamilton teacher for 35 years, Parent was one of the original volunteers with the program — and applauds the one-on-one connections that the tutors forge with their students.

"Even 10 to 15 minutes, it benefits them so much," she says.

More than 2,000 kids have graduated from the program since it started in 2003. What started out as a small project with just 15 kids and three volunteers at one school has grown to include more than 100 volunteers and 230 students.

Catholic school board chair Pat Daly thanked the volunteers Thursday, noting that "in times of increasingly difficult budgets, the work you do is particularly important.

"I can't think of more important work for people to volunteer to do," he said — particularly on the "underserved" Mountain.

The St. Michael's crew is particularly special because they are the first group to have gone through the program for three years straight — which is crucial for collecting data on the program's successes, Brunette explained.

The group of kids squealed as they tore into gift bags at the event, which contained books for them to read over the summer.

mhayes@thespec.com

905-526-3214 | @MollyatTheSpec