The power of the crowd could rescue reading program

Providence Glen hopes it won’t be closing the book on summer literacy series

Providence GlenDo you believe in the power of education?

This week, the Providence Glen community launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to save their acclaimed summer literacy program. Over the next two weeks, they aim to raise $4,500 in order keep the doors open for their ESL Afterschool Communities students.

“Save Summer Literacy at Providence Glen” has brought together a diverse group of supporters. Praxia Partners donated $4,500 to cover half of the budget shortfall. Now, Dayspring Christian Community Development Corporation, a faith-based nonprofit, and Providence Glen’s other development and management companies are reaching out to the community to help raise the other half.

An exuberant student at Providence GlenThirty-five second through fifth graders from Somali refugee and immigrant families attend the program, which combats “summer slide,” the learning loss that occurs over the long break from school. In the 2012 summer program, 100% of students maintained or increased their reading level.

There are few, if any, summer learning opportunities for children in our affordable housing communities like Providence Glen,” Dayspring Executive Director William Dodson noted.

Here’s what the students have to say:

  • Team spirit 2Abdulazeez, age 8, said, “There are a lot of fun activities here and a lot of reading, so when I go to 4th grade I will be better at reading.” Without the summer program, he explained, “I would probably just be watching TV.”
  • Fardowsa, 9, said, “I like coming because we learn new words and go on field trips.”
  • When asked to describe her summer without ESL Afterschool Communities, Hoda, 9, said, “It would be boring.”

“We really want to set these kids up for a successful school year and give them the tools they need to find their love of reading,” said Brianne Manczak, educator and program coordinator at Providence Glen.

This young athlete’s achievment award reads, “Most likely to be first woman in the NFL!”The summer reading series is:

  • Effective. In the 2012 summer program, 100% of our students maintained or improved their reading level.
  • Trusted. ESL Afterschool Communities is a celebrated, popular community outreach initiative that has served Providence Glen since 2005.
  • Unique. Without the summer reading series, families and children will be left with no summer educational opportunities at Providence Glen!

“The ESL program has demonstrated its effectiveness in promoting healthy learning habits for aspiring students,” Joe Recchie, of Praxia Partners, said. “We are proud to be a partner in this very worthy effort.”

Pride at Providence GlenTo donate, visitSave Summer Literacy at Providence Glenon before Friday, July 12. 

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Thank you!

About ESL Afterschool Communities

ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) is an acclaimed outreach initiative of Columbus State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development. ESLAsC serves the city’s large immigrant and refugee population by providing a safe, caring environment where children can learn and grow. Since 2005, the community-based initiative at Providence Glen has boosted students’ academic, social, and personal development over the summer and throughout the school year. It is one of three ESLAsC sites in Columbus. For more information, visit or check out our previous posts about their great work:

About Dayspring

Dayspring Christian Community Development Corporation was established as the community development extension of Rhema Christian Center in order to provide affordable housing to low and moderate income households and to promote economic self-sufficiency. To learn more, visit or read about how Dayspring establishes service-enriched affordable housing.

About Holly

Holly Jensen is a writer and poet who has worked with nonprofits and businesses for over a decade. She also serves as editor of The Ghazal Page, an international literary journal.
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