(Springfield, VT) – December 13th, 2012 – Vermont Telephone Company, Inc. (VTel) gave an early Christmas gift to two local children's programs to help with the purchase of the Lexia Reading Program and/or some updated computers for their computer lab. The recipients, All-4-One & SummerDaze provide affordable before and after school programs and summer programs for Springfield school children. The Lexia Reading program is already being used at Elm Hill Primary School, where it is receiving positive reviews from both the children and teachers.
Former school board member and current VTel Network Engineer Sam Coleman recommended the gift which Patricia Sliker, VTel's Executive Administrative Assistant, presented to Tammy Lynch, the Program's Assistant Director, on Thursday, December 13th 2012.
The All-4-One/SummerDaze programs offer local parents with school-age children a safe educational and recreational environment where their children can go both before and after school and during the long summer break. The programs provide affordable and extended working hours services (from 6:30am – 5:30pm) for children who attend grades K – 5 during the school year, and for children K – 8 during the summer who attend school within the Springfield School District.
Tammy Lynch, Assistant Director of the Programs explained, “These days the need for parents to be able to work full-time creates a high demand for before and after school programming. Our programs go beyond the basics by offering educational, supplemental, fun and recreational activities in a safe, secure, and monitored environment. Purchasing the Lexia Reading Program and some updated computers will help us continue to improve our services and help us link what the children are learning in their classrooms to what we are doing here in these programs. We thank VTel for this gift and their support.”
In addition to basic child care, the programs also provide healthy snacks, homework help, and a wide variety of electoral educational and recreational age specific clubs that change every few months and include but aren’t limited to: art, music, dance, culinary arts, gardening, martial arts, outdoor/nature explorations and investigations, exercise clubs, computer clubs, cultural investigations, world/geographical explorations, and of course reading clubs and activities.
Sam Coleman, who made the recommendation to give the programs the monetary gift, said, “The program is definitely a worthy cause, and the Lexia Reading program is great from what I’ve heard. I’m glad VTel could help.”
Added Michel Guité, President of Vermont Telephone Company, “VTel is honored to support programs like All-4-One and SummerDaze which offer vital support to the local community by providing a high-quality family, educational, and community service.”
VTel is a family-owned telephone company that began serving rural Vermont in 1890. It operates a four-state optical fiber network from Vermont with connections to New York City, Boston, and Montreal, with speeds of 10 Gig to 100 Gig, serving some of the most intensive data users in the northeast.
In 2010, VTel received American Reinvestment and Recovery Act awards of $129 million, in grants and loans, to help build America’s first GigE-to-Every-Home network, to extend 4G/LTE wireless broadband to every un-served Vermonter, and to extend our fiber to community anchors throughout Vermont.
VTel actively supports Vermont community groups, creates Vermont jobs, drives hybrid vehicles, uses solar and hydro and wind power, and is committed to improving quality of life for Vermont.
For more information, visit www.vermontel.com.