In Support of “Failing Schools”

Posted by on September 4, 2013.

Last week my husband and I walked our two girls down the street for their first day of school. There was a strong sense of community and celebration as our children paraded into the building. We have a great school with incredible teachers, programs, and families and we feel fortunate to be a part of it.

Summer Readers Underway!

Posted by on July 22, 2013.

48 different children’s summer programs across Vermont and New Hampshire. 3,300 kids.
Two free books per child.

That’s a lot of books. No wonder the CLiFmobile just needed its shocks replaced.

Barre Pool 2013

Rec program at the Barre Municipal Pool in Barre, VT

From June through August, CLiF’s Summer Readers program visits lunch programs, low-income summer camps, and summer schools to combat “summer slide” — the attrition of literacy skills outside the structure of school to which low-income and at-risk children are especially susceptible.

Refugees in Manchester, New Hampshire Thank CLiF

Posted by on January 31, 2013.

Earlier this week, a manilla envelope packed with hand-written thank-you notes arrived at the CLiF office. They were all written by English Language Learner students at McLaughlin Middle School and Beech Street School, where CLiF presenters Duncan McDougall and Marty Kelley had given storytelling presentations and lead book giveaways for nearly 400 students in November.