Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Gresham Barlow Education Foundation is Helping to Ensure Tomorrow's Workforce is Ready

It's a skill sometimes taken for granted, but business owners know employees from all walks of life need it to be sucessful.  From the kitchen helper who reads the safety precautions relating to fire hazards in the kitchen , to the court clerk who selects information from carious statutes to provide assistance in cases where clarity of jurisprudence is required, the ability to read and understand text is critical for today's workforce. 

The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation is dedicated to improving the skills of struggling readers in our schools - students who will be tomorrow's workers!  Each year, the GBEF's Phon-A-Thon raises money for the Learn to Read program.  Through the program, under-performing readers in all eleven elementary schools are identified in kindergarten or first frade and provided extra support to improve reading ability.  Our efforts are paying off!  Nine out of ten students served in the first year of the program showed documented growth in reading levels ranging from one to three levels.

The Foundation will hold its 2011 Phon-A-Thon February 21st thru 24th.  Over the course of four evenings, student volunteers will phone parents of students in the district and other community members to ask them for a cash donation in support of the Learning to Read Campaign. 

During the Phon-A-Thon, the Foundation is once again partnering with Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce member Gresham Ford.  Contributors who donate $40 or more will receive a $20 gift certificate toward service through the Gresham Ford Quick Lane (they provide maintenance work on All Makes and All Models) as well as a FREE DVD of the Tails of Abbygail Volume One and will have the opportunity to choose one book per child thanks to Books 4 Giving

Last year's Phon-A-Thon raised funds for the Learning ro Read program with all of the funds going to the students.  However there is still much more to be done.  If you would like to make a donation, or become involved in the project, call the Foundation Office at 503-766-0008 for more information or simply visit to make a pledge.