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Giving Kids a Strong Start

Scott Wagler from Josslin Insurance Brokers (centre) giving Machelle Denison (right) and Dawna Whitehead (left) from Strong Start, a cheque for $3,500.

Josslin donates $3,500 to support literacy development in local schools

For over ten years, Strong Start has been making a difference in the lives of children in Waterloo Region by helping young children learn to read, and Josslin Insurance Brokers is proud to have been helping them for six of those years. We now sponsor five schools in our local communities including Franklin P.S., Baden P.S., Forest Glen P.S., Grandview P.S., and John Mahood P.S.

Machelle Denison, Strong Start’s Executive Director and Amanda Scheerer, Josslin’s Marketing Coordinator at the information booth at Forest Glen Fun Fair

In June, we were able to reaffirm our commitment to the program by hosting an information booth about the Strong Start program and presented a cheque for $3,500 at Forest Glen Public School’s Fun Fair. Gore Mutual Insurance, our partner in the program, was on hand to match our donation with a cheque of $3,500 as well.

Scott Wagler from Josslin Insurance Brokers (far left) and Cyrus Taghizadeh from Gore Mutual Insurance (far right) give cheques totaling $7,000 to Machelle Denison and Dawna Whitehead to benefit Strong Start’s literacy programs in community schools.

Strong Start is a community project that helps ensure that all young children learn to read. Their programs involve working with children directly in addition to providing resources for parents to support the development of strong literacy skills. This past year, Strong Start was able to help over 2,234 children in 138 schools with 88% of the children making significant, excellent or outstanding gains in the number of letters, sounds and words recognized! Most kids in the program just need extra attention for a short period of time, essentially giving them a Strong Start to learning, which is something that we at Josslin Insurance Brokers are committed to helping the foundation foster.

For more information about Strong Start, visit their website here: www.strongstart.ca.