It all starts with Literacy.

A Book Donation Inspires a Class


By Ana Martinez-Feliciano, Jersey City Program Ambassador

Ms. Campbell’s classroom at Gladys Nunery School – PS 29 in Jersey City, NJ was all smiles this week! Spring is in the air, but that’s not the only reason. Last Friday, students received a box chock-full of books donated to them by an extremely generous TutorMate tutor, Keegan Bowman of MetLife.

Innovations for Learning expanded its TutorMate online literacy program to three Jersey City Public Schools this winter, including PS 29. The pilot year has been a huge success, thanks in large part to a grant from The Allergan Foundation, as well as support from tutoring partners MetLife, Aon, Fidelity, KPMG and Pearson.

Students look forward to their weekly phone calls and their special time to play word games, read stories and reinforce what they’ve been learning in class. Two first grade teachers, Ms. Pimentel and Ms. Campbell, have taken the lead in launching the program at PS 29, and IFL hopes to further expand the program this fall.

Ms. Campbell explained that when students opened up the box of books last week, their faces lit up. They were thrilled to have these new and exciting books, and also to know that one of their tutors, who takes the time to volunteer every week, also took the time to send over a very special donation to the class.

Bowman added, “My son is in 3rd grade now, so we went through his bookshelves for 1st grade books, boxed them up and sent them off to Ms. Campbell’s class. [I am] looking forward to meeting the kids in person.”

Ms. Campbell and her students are grateful to have new stories in their class this spring. What a wonderful way to inspire young readers!

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