A REAL Night Out and Food for Thought

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From the REAL Program (Reading~Educational Assistance~Learning) –

REALnightoutLOGO-w_nameThe REAL Program manages two after-school educational programs in Lynn during the academic year and operates a literacy-based summer program for children in grades K-5. It collects and distributes children’s books, nutritious food, and resources through volunteers in the greater Lynn area.

The REAL Program invites you to its first fundraiser, A REAL Night Out, to be held on Saturday, October 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly.

A REAL Night Out features auctioneer Don Kelley, food from Kelly’s Roast Beef, music from the Pocket Change Trio, and beer and wine from Merchants Liquors. The REAL Program (Reading~Educational Assistance~Learning) is a 501(c)3 organization based in Lynn that strives to improve literacy through its after school educational programs for children in grades K-5 as well as through its book collection and food distribution campaign.

To purchase tickets or make a contribution, please visit our website at: www.therealprogram.org. All proceeds go directly to the program. Operational costs include rent for afterschool program space, printing costs, postage, insurance, telephone, paper goods, website licensing and host management, data management, and maintenance of the REAL MOBILE for book distribution.

According to founder Jan Plourde, “The gap between what the teachers can do and what the families can do is vast. That is where The REAL Program comes in. We are like the extended family for these children.

Mellie Traore, a parent of two children who attend The REAL Program says, “My children love attending The REAL Program and look forward to it every year. REAL is a place where children can learn while having fun. REAL is where friendships are made. REAL is home.”

In Lynn, a city that 100,000 people call home, there are 56 languages spoken. There are 18 public elementary schools and only one public library. Most of the schools do not have school libraries due to the need for classroom space. Only 50% of the children in Lynn attend preschool before they enter kindergarten. The needs of these children are apparent, and the REAL Program works to address them by providing books, food, and homework help for children as well as English language tutoring for their parents in a safe and caring environment.

The REAL Program’s activities are made possible through a service-learning model designed to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for retired teachers and professionals and quality service-learning opportunities for high school and college students. Through the collaborative efforts of many individuals, the REAL Program is making a difference in the lives of children. We invite you to join us in this work by attending our October 25th fundraiser or making a donation today.


REAL Program

25 Exchange St. (Lower Level) Lynn, MA 01901.

Tel. 978-993-4425 Fax 866-611-7567

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