An amazing culmination of the Ready for K! program took place Saturday, June 28 at the Children's Museum with 140 people attending including our youth participants and their proud parents and siblings. In addition, 15 staff from PCL and our partner collaborators (Ready to Learn Providence [R2L] and RI Family Literacy Initiative [RIFLI] Outreach Workers) participated.
This pilot project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services was a huge success on so many levels. First and foremost, I want to brag about our staff who went above and beyond any expectations to produce a program and final event that was heartwarming and had every person proud, from the child to the parent to the facilitators.
Hats off to Garrett Locke who facilitated 2 programs at MTP, Verenis Polanco at WPK and Toni Garcia at OLN who each facilitated a program and to Allison Riendeau and Melissa Rivera who facilitated 2 programs at KMA. They were all truly heroic in their efforts. And they were supported by dedicated AmeriCorps members from R2L and the RIFLI Outreach Workers. And heartfelt thanks to Professional Development designer Bethany Carpenter from R2L who seamlessly directed today's events with her 7 month old in a snugly!