Submitted by: Phil Riebel 04/29/2013
International Paper awarded $50,000 in grants to several community organizations. Grants are awarded by the IP Foundation in Memphis, Tenn., which focuses on environmental education, literacy, employee involvement and critical community needs.
Recipients included Jim Allen Elementary School and a program called “Reading Eggs”. The program will support each student’s leaning by offering individual, one-on-one lessons that allow children to progress at their own rate.
The Reading Eggs program is a powerful educational program that is based on the most up to date research on how children learn to read. The program is interactive and it includes activities, and reward games to keep children motivated and interested in learning to read. The program includes progress reports that can be printed and shared with parents.
Jim Allen’s Reading Eggs program will aim to “foster a love of reading at a young age so our students will continue to read and to be successful throughout their life”.
Another grant recipient included the Health and Hope Clinic, with locations in Pensacola and Century. The clinic provides free medical services for individuals have no other resources for medical care.
“We feel privileged to be able to assist our local non-profits and community organizations in their continued efforts to serve Northwest Florida and Escambia County, Alabama,” said Janice Holmes, Communications Manager. “We look forward to seeing their great results.”
The complete list of local community organizations and their projects that were awarded grants for 2013 are: Ballet Pensacola, ”Discover Dance;” Children Services Center, “Adventure in Learning;” City of Brewton, “Boardwalk Wildflower Garden Project;” Council on Aging of NWFL, “Little Readers;” Escambia County Board of Education, “The Learning Tree;” Escambia County Board of Education, “Down and Dirty: Into the World of Composting;” Escambia County Extension Horticulture Program, “Smart Trees;” Escambia County Public Schools Foundation for Excellence, “Literacy Classroom Grant Partnership with IP;” Every Child a Reader in Escambia, “Project Ready;” Greater First Baptist Church, “Community Literacy Mentoring and Tutoring Program;” Health and Hope Clinic, Inc., “Direct Patient Care;” Jim Allen Elementary School, “Eggstraordinary Readers;” Manna Food Bank, “Get FRESH Food Initiative;” Pathways for Change; “Pathways to Success;” Pensacola Promise Chain Reaction, “New Wave Project Recycle;” Pensacola State College Foundation, Inc., “PSC Summer Environment Camp;” Perdido Bay Tribe, SE Muscogee Creek Indians, “Native Paths Greenhouse/Native Plant Propagation and Restoration Project;” Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, “Literacy Materials for Global Learning Academy;” Seasons of Hope, “Seasons of Hope;” UWF Foundation, “Explore Summer Camps;” UWF Foundation, “UWF Community Garden;” Waterfront Rescue Mission, “Day Resource Center;” WSRE TV Foundation, “Literacy Link.”