December 2016, Back to Basics supports the Delaware Chapter of the Pajama Program

Each Christmas, the staff at Back to Basics Learning Dynamics and Back to Basics Private School join together to support a local family or children’s organization. Although it’s the season of abundance and giving, on Christmas Eve, not every child goes to bed with “visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.”

In 2016, Back to Basics supported the Delaware Chapter of the Pajama Program with a donation of dozens of new pajamas and children’s books. This program was created to ensure that children who may be feeling alone and afraid, in a bed that isn’t theirs, in a shelter, or with families who wish they could give them more, can have “a good night.”

Why pajamas and books? According to the Pajama Program, “Changing out of their clothes and into warm, cozy pajamas lets children shed the stresses of their day, trading them for feelings of warmth and hope. With enchanting stories, their imaginations are opened, helping them to dream again. These unconditional gifts fill them with love and a feeling of being cared for.”

November 2016, Back to Basics celebrates the spirit of Thanksgiving with a donation to the Claymont Food Closet

thanksgiving-food-drive-2016For Thanksgiving, Back to Basics was proud to support the efforts of The Claymont Community Center Food Closet. The Food Closet provided holiday food baskets to local families through the holiday season. Our donations of frozen turkeys and nonperishable foods such as canned vegetables, boxed stuffing and mashed potatoes, and other holiday staples helped The Food Closet ensure a Happy Thanksgiving for more than 225 local families!

June 2016, Back to Basics sponsors Summer Reading Book Giveaway for Richardson Park Elementary

Richardson Park 2Builidng on the success of the spring classroom book giveaway, Back to Basics and Success Won’t Wait partnered once again to provide books to Richardson Park Elementary. This time, the books were given directly to the students to encourage summer reading and combat the dreaded “summer slide.”

Many thanks to Richardson Park Elementary’s Principal Alice Mason for facilitating the collaboration and organizing the book distribution within the classrooms!

May 2016, Back to Basics sponsors the Piedmont League Blue Claws 6U TBall Team

Back to Basics Piedmont BaseballWhat do kids learn from sports? Teamwork, integrity, and perseverance. And, that’s just the beginning! Which is why, Back to Basics is proud to support the local Piedmont Baseball League. This year “our team” is the mighty Blue Claws, a 6U TBall Team!

2016 PTP tentMay 2016, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics and Success Won’t Wait give away 700 children’s books

At Back to Basics, we love the pageantry of Winterthur’s Point-to-Point Steeplechase, but we also look forward to the fun-filled event for another reason — the Kids’ Fun Hunt! This is our opportunity to share information about our longtime partnership with Success Won’t Wait, the Delaware-based literacy non-profit, and our shared mission to eradicate illiteracy. And, we give away hundreds of brand new children’s books. For the 2016 event, our two organizations worked hard together to make the event a huge success. Our volunteers gave away over 700 children’s books and made dozens of contacts for upcoming events and book donations.

richardson-park-school-books-success-wont-waitMay 2016, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics and Success Won’t Wait team up to provide 350 children’s books to Richardson Park Elementary

Longtime literacy partner Back to Basics Learning Dynamics and Success Won’t Wait donated 350 children’s books to Richardson Park Elementary School for the “Muffins with Mom” student-parent event and book swap.

Richardson Park is a local elementary school in Wilmington, Delaware and serves approximately 500 students in grades K-5.

December 2015, Back to Basics supports The Governor Terry Children’s Shelter

Terry Center Donations 2015 1This is the only temporary sanctuary for dependent, neglected and/or abused children and youth in the state and these children are in the care of, or custody of, the Delaware Division of Family Services.

The shelter provides emergency shelter, food, clothing and age-appropriate counseling to children ages 9 through 17. It also provides meals, recreational activities, supportive clinical counseling and transportation to and from school.

We hope that our donations will make the holiday season just a bit brighter for these children!

2015 Reading is Basic OctoberOctober 2015, Back to Basics and Success Won’t Wait provide 150+ books to Title 1 students; Program total now exceeds 3,000 books!

As part of the Reading if Basic Program, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics recently provided over 150 books to Delaware Title 1 students. The program, which Back to Basics and local literacy organization Success Won’t Wait launched 2011, has provided over 3,000 books to local Title 1 schoolchildren throughout New Castle and Kent counties in grades K-8.

Currently, Back to Basics, the tri-state area leader in 1-on-1 tutoring, services over 150 Title I students from the Red Clay, Colonial, Brandywine, Smyrna, and Appoquinimink school districts for supplemental instruction. Using book donations from Success Won’t Wait’s collection, twice per school year, Back to Basics makes the age-appropriate books available to these students, which they can take home and keep.

Kind to Kids photoDecember 2014, Back to Basics supports Kind to Kids organization

In the spirit of the holiday season, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics chose to donate to the organization Kind to Kids. Kind to Kids  provides services to children in need through the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Families, the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, and all government agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve Delaware’s foster children and children in poverty.

Currently, there are more than 36,000 children in Delaware living in poverty and there are 800 children in Delaware’s foster care system.  Since its inception in 2008, Kind to Kids has provided services to more than 8,000 foster and at-risk children.

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Back to Basics Learning Dynamics’ Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Sunday Breakfast Mission.

November  2014, Back to Basics collects over 300 canned food items for the Sunday Breakfast Mission’s Thanksgiving Food Drive

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics’ staff, tutors and students helped the Sunday Breakfast Mission reach their collection goal of 60 tons of much-needed food for Delaware families for Thanksgiving 2014.

Collection boxes, which were placed in the Back to Basics’ lobby, were filled to overflowing with hundreds of cans, boxes, a jars — everything from cranberry jelly, to gravy mix, to instant mashed potatoes — for a fabulous Thanksgiving feast!

Rhonda Cohen, Jeanine Stidham, Sarah Leaman and Diane Frank of Back to Basics divide up books by age category for the Reading is Basic program in Delaware.
Rhonda Cohen, Jeanine Stidham, Sarah Leaman and Diane Frank of Back to Basics divide up books by age category for the Reading is Basic program in Delaware.

March 2014, Back to Basics and Success Won’t Wait provide 300+ books to Title 1 students; Program total now exceeds 2,800 books!

As part of the Reading if Basic Program, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics recently provided over 300 books to Delaware Title 1 students. The program, which Back to Basics and local literacy organization Success Won’t Wait launched 2011, has provided over 2,800 books to local Title 1 schoolchildren throughout New Castle and Kent counties in grades K-8.

Currently, Back to Basics, the tri-state area leader in 1-on-1 tutoring, services over 150 Title I students from the Red Clay, Colonial, Brandywine, Smyrna, and Appoquinimink school districts for supplemental instruction. Using book donations from Success Won’t Wait’s collection, twice per school year, Back to Basics makes the age-appropriate books available to these students, which they can take home and keep.

The Reading is Basic Program was conceived in 2011 in response to literacy statistics that rank access to reading materials as one of the most important predictors of a child’s future reading success.

According to Sanford Newman, author of American’s Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy, “The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. Communities ranking high in achievement tests have several factors in common: an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large, and a large number of textbooks per student.”

Reading is Basic Program, 2013
Reading is Basic Program, 2013

February 2013, Back to Basics’ Reading is Basic Program surpasses 2,000 books for Delaware Title 1 students!

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc. recently provided over 300 books to Title 1 students in celebration of National I Love to Read Month. Together, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics and Success Won’t Wait launched the “Reading is Basic Program” in 2011 and this month marks the program’s second anniversary.

Since its inception, the program has provided over 2,000 books to Title 1 schoolchildren in grades K-8.

 

Back to Basics services hundreds of Title I students from the Red Clay, Colonial, Brandywine, Smyrna, and Appoquinimink school districts for supplemental instruction.  Using book donations from Success Won’t Wait’s collection, Back to Basics’ teachers will distribute the books to students, which they can take home and keep.

2012-beverly-title-1-program-fall-2012January, 2012, Success Won’t Wait donates over 500 children’s books to the Back to Basics Learning Dynamics’ “Reading is Basic” Program in New Castle County, Delaware

To celebrate National I Love to Read Month 2012, Success Won’t Wait once again teamed up with Back to Basics Learning Dynamics in Wilmington, Delaware to provide over 500 books to Title 1 schoolchildren in and around New Castle County.

March 2011, Success Won’t Wait partners with Back to Basics Learning Dynamics to create “Reading is Basic Program” for Delaware Title 1 students

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics and Success Won’t Wait recently announced the launch of the new “Reading is Basic Program.” Currently, Back to Basics services over 150 Title I students from the Red Clay, Colonial, Brandywine, Smyrna, and Appoquinimink school districts for supplemental instruction. Using book donations from Success Won’t Wait’s collection, Back to Basics will make over 500 age-appropriate books available to Title I students. Program teachers will distribute 2-3 books per student, which they can take home and keep.

“Since March is National Reading Month we felt that this was the perfect time to kick off the ‘Reading is Basic Program,’ explains Back to Basics Founder/Director Beverly Stewart. According to The Read Seed Inc., 61% of poor children have no books at all in their homes. And, for the poorest children in America, lack of books in their homes is the greatest barrier to academic achievement. This is simply unacceptable.”

Additional books will be provided to the children at regular intervals, and as new students are added to the Back to Basics’ Title I program, they will also receive age-appropriate books.

“The statistics are frightening. Children in low income households own approximately ten times fewer books than children in middle class households. The result is that the gap between low and high income children’s reading comprehension scores is over 40 points,” says Success Won’t Wait’s President Susan McNeill.

This partnership links together two organizations with a common quest: to eradicate illiteracy in the State of Delaware and provide the educational tools for success to those who need them most. Back to Basics was founded in 1985 as a tutoring service specializing in one-on-one instruction for children and adults, and quickly gained a reputation for excellence and dedication to its students’ successes, both through tutoring as well as its unique state-approved Private School. The company has consistently given back to the community in a variety of initiatives and in fact, this is the latest in a series of joint efforts between Back to Basics and Success Won’t Wait.

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1,000 books were delivered for National I Love to Read Month!

March 2011, National I Love to Read Month project will help over 20,000 children read

It’s estimated that 93 million US adults have only basic or below basic literacy skills. Delaware’s premiere tutoring facility and private school, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc., in a unique partnership with Success Won’t Wait, Inc., delivered close to 1,000 children’s books in Children’s Book Baskets throughout Delaware during National I Love to Read Month.

“This is a literacy project that has incredibly wide-reaching consequences,” explains Back to Basics’ President and Founder Beverly Stewart, M.Ed. “If each of these baskets encourages three children per day to pick up a book or have a parent read aloud to them (a conservative estimate), over the course of just one year, over 20,000 children will read a book.”

Each basket contained 40+ books including a wide variety of titles geared toward children of all ages and interests. Throughout February, National I Love to Read Month, Back to Basics tutors, office staff and students delivered the baskets to high traffic waiting rooms and lobbies in a variety of locations where children frequently wait.

2006 National I Love to Read Month
Success Won’t Wait volunteers Ashley, Matthew, and Christine McNeill with Back to Basics’ Founder/Director Beverly Stewart and hundreds of books ready for delivery!

February 2006, Back to Basics and Success Won’t Wait Team Up for 2006 National I Love to Read Month

Back to Basics and the local literacy organization Success Won’t Wait, Inc. joined forces to deliver over 1,000 children’s books throughout the State of Delaware for National “I Love to Read Month” in February 2006.

The literacy project involved the purchase of 28 large baskets — one for each day of the month. These were filled with a wide variety of donated children’s books. Each basket contained at least 40 books for a total of over 1,000 books. During the month of February, Back to Basics employees and students delivered the baskets to offices and lobbies in a variety of locations where children frequently wait. Examples of locations include doctor’s offices, hair salons, dance studios, and auto repair shops.