The Benitez family children headed back to school with more confidence for this year after experiencing a family literacy program conducted by the Hispanic Family Outreach Specialist at the Appleton Public Library.
“The program is very valuable for the whole family. My kids look forward to coming to the library and I have seen so much progress in their reading and learning,” mother Etelbina Benitez said.
Both the program and the specialist’s position are made possible through a $45,000 grant from the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, which is supported by the annual U.S. Venture Open and matching grants from the J. J. Keller Foundation.
Outreach Specialist Norma Oliveras has helped families become involved in the community and improve kindergarten readiness in their children, an indicator of long-term academic success.