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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
April 23, 2014
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EMPIRE: Strong Start Program

Are you enthusiastic, caring and committed?  Empire Public School is in need of volunteers to work with students in the Strong Start Program.

What is Strong Start?
 Strong Start is a 10-week, early literacy program intended to support children who are lagging behind their peers in some early reading skills. The program uses short games & activities to provide repetition to help children learn letters, sounds and words.

Who is it for?
 It is for children aged 5-7.

We need YOU!
 The program is implemented by volunteers who do not need to have related experience.
 Volunteer coaches work with one child at a time and follow prescribed activities using the materials provided. 
 Time commitment - each new volunteer attends 2, two-hour training sessions (total of 4 hours) and is given a detailed manual. 
 After that, a volunteer coach commits to an hour/week for 10 weeks.
 A criminal record check is required.

Jana Kelly is the Strong Start site coordinator for Empire Public School

For more details on the Strong Start program visit: