The REAL Program, Inc.

Payne Family Literacy House
17 Atlantic Street
Lynn, MA 01902

Director: Jan Plourde



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The REAL Literacy Teaching Award

Congratulations to Amanda Bucko!

This award was created by The REAL Program to honor the teachers who make literacy joyful for students in Lynn. Nominations are submitted by children and judged by educators. The $250 teacher prize is crowdfunded from the community on, with an additional $50 class pizza party prize going to the winning nominator student. Find out more here!

Become a REAL Sustainer!
Can you donate just $5 or $10 a month to help us succeed in our new home? It's a REAL opportunity to do good in our local community!

Our Mission...

The REAL (Reading and Educational Assistance for Learning) Program's mission is to improve literacy in Lynn, MA—a city 100,000 people call home.

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The REAL Literacy Teaching Award

August 31, 2019

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What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is a Guiding Principle of The REAL Program. It is a teaching method that combines academic instruction, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking to enhance learning and civic responsibility. 

Where Is The Magic Happening?

At the end of the school day, volunteers from The REAL Program walk to the Brickett School in Lynn to meet the REAL students who walk with us to 17 Atlantic Street.

Lynn, Massachusetts children's literacy program
Our REAL Goals:

To distribute free, gently used books to the children in the greater Lynn area. To create a sustainable program that strengthens and supports children, families and teachers by improving literacy, providing experiential learning and supporting self sufficiency.

Our Director is a Mass Literacy Champion!
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