FRAMINGHAM – A recent $5,000 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to Read to a Child will support the weekly lunch time reading programs held at Brophy and Wilson elementary schools in Framingham.
The program pairs as many as 142 children in grades 1-4 with 198 adult volunteer reading mentors.
The award will also support program expansion, with the goal of reaching as many high-need students as possible.
The Read to a Child program is funded by individuals and community partners such as the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, with no cost to the schools or the City.
“This program has had immeasurable benefits for our students. It allows them the opportunity to connect with members of the greater community that are not necessarily connected to Wilson,” said Principal John Haidemenos. “I have observed students eagerly waiting for their reading buddy and they look forward each week to having lunch with them. This is a very important program for our students and I am very pleased that this will continue to be a structure at Wilson.”
“We firmly believe that improving the literacy skills of today’s youth can be the foundation for building a stronger community,” said Foundation Chairman Robert P. Lamprey. “MutualOne is pleased to help Read to a Child sustain and expand the program in our schools.”
“We are very grateful to partner with the Read to a Child program,” said Brophy Elementary School Principal Frank Rothwell. “Through their program, working professionals in our community volunteer their time each week to both mentor and read to our students. Our students benefit by improving their literacy skills, as well as working with a caring adult professional.”
The $5,000 grant to Read to a Child was among awards totaling $78,000 in the Foundation’s most recent round of funding.
Established in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of MutualOne Bank, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has since donated over $4 million to charitable, educational, and civic initiatives that improve and enrich the quality of life in Framingham, Natick, and surrounding communities.
MutualOne Bank, which operates under an 1889 state charter, has full-service offices at 828 Concord Street and One Lincoln Street in Framingham and at 49 Main Street in Natick,a Commercial Loan Center at 160 Cochituate Road in Framingham, and a Residential Loan Center at 49 Main Street in Natick.
Petroni Media Company photo from a previous Read to a Child program at Brophy Elementary
Updated at 12:45 p.m. with quote from Brophy Principal