ADCHEM Corporation promotes literacy by contributing financial support to the Carol Pufahl Literacy Foundation, thereby ensuring that books are available to help children develop their vocabulary, school readiness, and love of learning and reading. The corporate sponsorship provided by ADCHEM helped launch our Books from Birth project in the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Literacy Zone. This initiative provides children and families in low-income communities with new high quality, age-appropriate books, mailed once a month directly to registered children’s homes, from birth until age five. Enriching lives locally, while building a better future for all, has a positive impact on building a stronger community and workforce in Riverhead. Rob Pufahl, CEO says, “We want to build more than just a great product; we want to help build a great place to live and work.”
The Imagination Library
The Imagination Library is a birth-to-five early literacy program, founded by singer-songwriter Dolly Parton, that assists preschool children in developing their vocabulary, school readiness, and love of learning and reading by ensuring that FREE, high quality, age-appropriate books are mailed once a month directly to their homes. Also key to the program is encouraging parents to regularly read aloud to their preschool children. Each month, every enrolled child experiences the joy of finding their very own book in the mailbox – and spending quality time reading with parents and other family members. The Dollywood Foundation launched a replication model in 2000 to enable other communities to provide the Imagination Library to their children. Currently, more than 1,000 communities are participating in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom, with more than 1.3 million children enrolled to date, including statewide, universal programs in Tennessee and the Yukon Territories.
Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Eastern Suffolk BOCES Adult and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs ensure equitable access to the best education for all students and helps them achieve excellence. The programs enrich life and maximize potential within the community and work force. Eastern Suffolk BOCES CTE Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of diverse learners by providing a full spectrum of cost-effective educational and occupational learning programs and services. Literacy is more than being able to read. The CTE Division offers three distinct programs devoted to Adult Literacy: Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages. The program offers comprehensive programs tailored to meet the occupational and educational needs of adults and provides support services for a diverse population.
The Literacy Zone
The Literacy Zone promotes and develops pathways out of poverty for residents of the Riverhead community by working collaboratively and in partnership with education, social and human services, workforce development, cultural institutions and volunteer organizations. The Literacy Zone consists of many partners that dedicate themselves to helping the Riverhead community residents enrich their lives. The case manager at the Literacy Zone Welcome Center coordinates and manages coalition networking referrals. The Literacy Zone grant awarded to Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES) enables ESBOCES to increase the scope of its community-based literacy services, thus permitting ESBOCES to help raise the literacy and English language proficiency of the residents of Riverhead. Through this initiative, ESBOCES is able to provide a wide array of instruction in the following areas: Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency Instruction, ESOL Instruction Citizenship Instruction, Health Literacy, Financial Literacy, Career and Technical Education.
St. John’s University
St. John’s University has a long tradition of community service and focused impact on communities living in poverty. The Oakdale Campus is involved in an active partnership and intense collaboration between the University, Eastern Suffolk BOCES and state funded preschool educational institutions. The partnership was designed to encourage early acquisition of reading skills by preschool children. The program, in partnership with the Long Island Head Start Centers in Bellport, Central Islip and Wyandanch, two Long Island Elementary Schools and several preschool providers, supported the implementation of effective early reading practices through training teachers with on-site college coursework and professional mentoring. The School of Education’s long term partnership with the Jumpstart nationwide literacy organization aims to close the achievement gap for today’s low-income youth.
Riverhead Free Library
Most people think of their public library solely as a source for books. However, the Riverhead Free Library offers many services and programs that can help children or the people who care for them. Amongst the year-round literacy programming for preschool and school-aged children are story times for preschoolers, bilingual story times and programs for babies and toddlers. The Children’s Department has a large collection of books, videos, and other materials available in both English and Spanish.