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Read to Succeed Summer Program Announces Second Session for 2009

PROVIDENCE – The Read to Succeed Summer Program will launch Summer Two at the end of the 2008 – 2009 academic year, Barbara Papitto, president of Read to Succeed Inc., announced today. CONTACT Hugh Ryan Read to Succeed Summer Program (401) 246-2300 hryan@readtosucceedinc.com Read to Succeed Summer …

PROVIDENCE – The Read to Succeed Summer Program will launch Summer Two at the end of the 2008 – 2009 academic year, Barbara Papitto, president of Read to Succeed Inc., announced today.

The Program encourages elementary-school students to read during their summer vacation by awarding $1,000 deposits in the Rhode Island CollegeBoundfund®. This summer, the Program will provide books at no charge to rising 5th graders at three participating elementary schools in South Providence: Bishop McVinney Elementary School, Community Preparatory School, and Highlander Charter School.

ACADEMIC IMPACT

“In the current academic year, we participated in an essay contest sponsored by the Office of Black Catholic Ministry, a Diocesan organization,” said Lou Hebert, principal of Bishop McVinney Elementary School. “The contest theme was ‘Living as Brothers and Sisters: Rising to the Challenge of St. Paul and Martin Luther King Jr.’ The three students who were awarded certificates of distinction and merit from our school were all fourth-graders who had successfully completed the Read to Succeed Summer Program.”

Read to Succeed, Inc. was incorporated in Rhode Island in 2008 with seed money from the Papitto Foundation, Cranston, Rhode Island. The summer reading program for students from low-income families had been a decades-long dream of Foundation founder Ralph R. Papitto, an entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist in Rhode Island for 50 years.

To qualify for the $1,000 college savings deposits, students must read six books selected by their teachers and principals and pass a multiple-choice, computer-administered test on each book. In 2008, 71 percent of participating students (39 of 55) fulfilled Program requirements.

Many educators believe that what is called “summer setback” – lost academic ground from not reading or learning during the summer – is a major factor in the achievement gap between affluent and underprivileged students, said Hugh Ryan, program director. “We are seeking to give these students an academic and financial boost toward college.”

For more information, contact:

Hugh Ryan, Director, Read to Succeed Summer Program, (401) 246-2300, hryan@readtosucceedinc.com

Louis Hebert, Principal, Bishop McVinney School, (401) 781-2370

Judy Ryan, Director of Education, Community Preparatory School, (401) 521-9696

Rose Mary Grant, Head of School, Highlander Charter School, (401) 277-2600

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