City Year NH: Facilitating Education Equity in Manchester

by | Jun 16, 2021 | Community, Education, Northeast Delta Dental | 0 comments

Northeast Delta Dental has been a sponsor of City Year NH for several years. This program supports the well-being and learning of over 2,800 students in six Manchester schools through the work of sixty idealistic young people serving as City Year Student Success Coaches.

During the last year of the program, school attendance decreased and students switching between hybrid and remote learning became less engaged, particularly detrimental to the already vulnerable student populations served by City Year. Because students needed support and care during the last year more than ever, City Year continued to find ways to keep kids interested and attentive. They planned and executed several virtual student events.

City Year NH was unable to hold its annual Starry, Starry Night fundraiser this year. Instead, it started a new program, CY Reads, which we signed on to sponsor. CY Reads is designed to enhance students’ experiences during the pandemic through read-aloud sessions facilitated by City Year members using rich, diverse, and multi-lingual pre-recorded videos of books being read by local role models, community leaders, and national celebrities. Northeast Delta Dental was happy to contribute to this new program’s success.

One of our sponsorship benefits was the addition of 10 books to City’s Year’s student and classroom libraries in our name!  As J.K. Rowling said, “I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

There is something gratifying about introducing students to good books. Studies have shown that it’s invaluable to get children off to an early head start by encouraging them to read. Keep up the good work, City Year NH!

Tom Raffio
June 2021

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