PROVIDENCE – Second-graders in city public schools will get extra help this year to build their reading skills, thanks to a donation from the Coastway Cares Charitable Foundation Inc.
The foundation, a division of Coastway Credit Union, contributed $13,000 to Volunteers in Providence Schools (VIPS), the 44-year-old, award-winning educational nonprofit organization. The donation will help VIPS recruit, screen, train and manage more individuals for its “Reading Buddies” initiative, a tutoring program piloted last year in two Providence public schools.
“Coastway Cares Charitable Foundation Inc. is impressed with VIPS’ work with our public school students,” said Stephen M. Tamborelli, senior vice president of compliance for Coastway. “We especially appreciate the direct, positive impact that VIPS’ tutors and mentors provide to students.”
“Our Reading Buddies program is a successful program that can reach more children, with additional resources of people and contributions,” said VIPS Executive Director H. Terri Adelman, “This contribution will help pay to train” the tutors and mentors. •