Do you believe in the power of education? Do you believe that reading enriches every child’s life?

Our students need your support.

For eight years, our community’s children have thrived in the acclaimed summer reading program at Providence Glen, where they work hard, have fun, and are ready to succeed when school starts again. Now, we need your help to keep the series going.


Our students belong to Somali refugee and immigrant families, and we believe they deserve a safe, fun place to learn and grow.


TWe’re already more than halfway to our fundraising goal of $9,500 thanks to an outpouring of donations from the Providence Glen community, including Praxia Partners, Dayspring Christian Community Development Corporation (a faith based nonprofit), and our other development and management groups.


We still have a little ways to go, though, before August 2nd.

Our first campaign was met with overwhelming support from the community, however we did not quite meet our goal. We were attempting to riase all the funds the 2nd session needs before the start date- July 15th, but that meant a very short campaign- a mere two weeks! Too many people told us they didn't get a chance to donate, so we are extending the campaign to allow all of our supporters an opportunity to contribute, and continue pushing to reach our $5000 goal.

All funds already donated have kept the program running for the first week of this session.


Let's pull together and keep them open for the entire 3-week session!

The summer program is run by ESL Afterschool Communities, and it focuses on literacy, vocabulary, and instilling a love of reading— but it also does so much more. Children go on field trips to explore our city, enjoy free meals, gain confidence in their problem-solving skills, and engage their families in their academic progress.


Don’t take it from us, here’s what the children have to say!

  • Abdulazeez, age 8, explained, "There are a lot of fun activities here and a lot of reading, so when I go to 4th grade I will be better at reading." Without the summer program, he said, "I would probably just be watching TV."
  • Fardowsa, 9, said, "I like coming because we learn new words and go on field trips."
  • When asked to describe her summer without ESL Afterschool Communities, Hoda, 9, said simply, “It would be boring."

The summer reading series is:

  • Effective. In the 2012 summer program, 100% of our students maintained or improved their reading level. Without the summer reading program, students are vulnerable to "summer slide," the learning loss that occurs over the long break from school.
  • Trusted. ESL Afterschool Communities is a celebrated, popular community outreach initiative that has served Providence Glen since 2005.
  • Unique. Without the summer reading series, families and children will be left with no summer educational opportunities at Providence Glen!

Who Are You Helping?

The ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsc) Program at Providence Glen Apartments in Columbus Ohio serves the large immigrant and refugee population in our city. The year-round educational program engages over 30 families to promote learning, encourage community engagement and provide helpful resources to the families here at Providence Glen. Ultimately, the program engages the immediate neighborhood in protecting the welfare of our students, while at the same time engaging our children in our community and giving them a sense of belonging and interconnectedness.

We really want to set these kids up for a successful school year and give them the tools they need to find their love of reading. It is so important for the children of this community to have engaging and safe activities to do during the summer.

Brianne Manczak, educator and program coordinator at Providence Glen

How You Can Help

We realize it seems like a small amount for such an involved program-- but the impact your contributions have on our students' education is monumental.

Because Dayspring, a 501(c)(3), is running this campaign, all money donated to keep the summer term running is tax-deductible! All funds exceeding our goal (or if we don't reach our goal, all funds raised) will go toward the Afterschool program for the 2013-2014 school year.

Whatever you are able to give- $10, $50, or $200-- we promise it will make an impact for our students, their families, and our community.

Donating money isn’t the only way to support our students!

  • Please share this campaign and our story with your friends and family can really make a difference. Help us make some noise about our campaign!
  • Post about us on Facebook, tweet about us, forward our campaign on to all of your friends, use any of the share features on this page and help us get the word out.
  • Like and share our facebook page.
  • Use the hashtag #savesummerliteracyPG so we can find your shout outs and thank you for your help! Our twitter-friendly address is: http://igg.me/p/450986/twtr/849822

The 6-week summer program serves over 30 children, and requires $9,000 to cover materials, supplies, educator stipends, and two field trips. Praxia Partners, and donors like you have started us off with almost $6000 to keep the program open for the first 4 weeks. We raised enough in our first campaign to keep open another week, but we need your help to keep it open for the whole second session, which runs from July 15th- August 2nd.

Your Impact

Impressive outcomes from the full school year and summer session really illustrate the impact of the ESLAsC program:

  • 47% of students increased their Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition (OTELA) scores
  • 29% increased their Ohio Achievement Assessments scores (36% scored proficient or higher in both math and reading!)
  • 94% increased their reading levels
  • 48% increased reading grades/GPA
  • 49% increased math grades/GPA

Let's not close the book on our summer reading!
We are so grateful to everyone who is helping us keep this program, and we look forward to helping empower many more kids in the future.

Mahadsanid! ("Thank You" in Somali)


About ESL Afterschool Communities

ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) is an acclaimed outreach initiative of Columbus State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development. ESLAsC serves the city's large immigrant and refugee population by providing a safe, caring environment where children develop academic, social, and personal skills that last a lifetime. Providence Glen is one of three ESLAsC sites in Columbus. Each is located within an apartment complex, encouraging a sense of community and eliminating the need for transportation. For more information, visit http://www.cscc.edu/workforce/eslas.

About Praxia Partners

Praxia Partners is a Columbus-based sustainable development firm. Through its Bridge Program, Praxia Partners seeks to buoy organizations and programs that advance community-building. For more information, visit www.praxia-partners.com

About Dayspring Christian Community Development Corporation

Dayspring serves as a catalyst to promote vision, purpose and community action through the development of leadership at the neighborhood level.They provide affordable housing to low and moderate income households and promote economic self sufficiency. Thier services include financial literacy, entrepreneurship, small business development and affordable housing. For more information, visit http://www.rhemachristiancenter.com/dayspring.html

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