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United Way? It betters kids’ lives | Letters

The San Juan Island Family Resource Center has greatly benefited from the financial support of United Way of San Juan County.

Through United Way, we are able to provide programs and services that make a positive, everyday difference for children and families in our community.

Friday Harbor has excellent schools where our children can grow, learn and succeed. But sometimes families face challenges that make it difficult for kids to fully participate and thrive in school.

United Way’s support of our Head Start Primary Intervention Program enables preschoolers to receive play therapy, build positive social skills and benefit from one-on-one support in the classroom. These early interventions have a profound and lasting impact on children as they progress through school and into adulthood.

United Way also supports our Readiness-to-Learn program, ensuring that local kids have access to the basic resources they need to be healthy, happy and ready to learn.

It’s hard for a child to do their best in school if they are cold, unprepared or worried about problems at home. Readiness to Learn interventions help children and families overcome non-academic barriers to learning. Sometimes that’s as simple as providing a warm winter jacket or some school supplies. Other times it means providing ongoing tutoring or linking a family to counseling, affordable healthcare or other social services.

We know that such support and encouragement for both children and their parents increases parental involvement in school. Family involvement in school translates to better grades, behaviors, and attitudes.

We hope you will join us with your contribution to the 2014 United Way campaign. Your gift to United Way has a significant impact on the lives of our children, youth and families.

Jennifer Armstrong, staff

SJI Family Resource Center

 

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