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


What People Say

We like keeping it REAL, so we are always asking for feedback!

Victoria Hackett, M.Ed.
Founder of Outdoor-Classrooms.com

“The more that you read, the more things that you will know, the more that you learn, the more places that you’’ll go.”
—Dr. Seuss


Did you know that the city of Lynn, MA only has 1 public library and only half of the children attend preschool? The REAL Program is filling this void. Literacy is the name of the game at the REAL Program and their unique programming and multigenerational approach to learning and teaching is what sets them apart. With Literacy as a core value, The REAL Program has become a safe haven and a place for so many children and adults to thrive. The REAL Program is a community, a family, and a place that offers homework assistance, healthy snacks and an outdoor classroom, along with ESL classes, enrichment opportunities and so much more. The REAL magic is in reading.  

Kim Manon
REAL mom

Hello everyone!


I'm Kim Manon, mother of Fadi Hilali. I am writing this testimonial with lots of love and gratitude for all the support and the great services that you have provided for my son in the past five years at the Real Program. Fadi has achieved so many goals!  He has improved immensely in the areas of Reading, Math and Art. I can't say enough good things; I am so grateful that he got to the point where he feels comfortable with talking in class and talking with his teacher if necessary. I couldn't be happier seeing the transformation that took place.  

Thank you to all the support staff from the bottom of my heart :) 



As Covid rules are relaxing we are putting books into the Little Free Libraries. The REAL version of Little Free Libraries is one where people can take books and they do not have to return them. We do hope that they read them! People can return books or replace with other books but it is not a requirement. We simply want to help people get books and read!

Helping Hands

Nice To Meet You

Our team has REAL passion about this program; their stories are our success!

And if you think our team is cute, you should see...

Image by Diego PH

Key Supporters

When it comes to generosity and dedication, our sponsors are the REAL deal. 

Breckinridge Capital Advisors is a Boston-based financial company with a mind on building community.

The Breckinridge team has brought volunteers to help us build little free libraries, collect books, help with our annual fundraiser, communicate with children as pen pals; arranged trips to the Museum of Science and we REALLY look forward to working and growing together. Our special thanks to James, Kelly and Sabrina of Breckinridge for keeping us in their hearts and minds.

If you have ever attended The REAL Night Out fundraiser you would know that Kelly's Roast Beef is so much more than a delicious roast beef sandwich or a box of clams from Revere. Kelly's is a community-minded business who we have come to think of as family. We truly appreciate you, Kellys Roast Beef!

The Kurt and Therese Melden Family Foundation

The Kurt and Therese Melden Family Foundation The Meldens support since we founded has been consistent and generous. We owe a debt of gratitude to them as we may not have made the strides we have made without the confidence they have shown in our work to improve literacy in Lynn. They walk the walk!

Promise the Children UU is an advocacy group lead by Becky Richardson. Becky and her team have hosted fundraising events, Arnold's Day for the children, provided volunteers, face-masks, food, books and a community of kindness. Becky is widely respected by her Nahant neighbors and peers and Becky even made a t shirt that says "Ask me about REAL"! This is REAL advocacy.

Someone Else's Child is a very special organization with philanthropic energy and interest in really changing the world, especially for children in nearby Lynn. We have been very fortunate to meet the founders, Mike and Diane Christian, who have truly invested in us and in many other nonprofit organizations that focus on children. We are excited about our future collaborations, partnerships and shared goals.

The REAL (Reading and Educational Assistance for Learning) Program's mission is to improve literacy in Lynn, Massachusetts.

The REAL Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 
Donate or volunteer today!

The REAL Program, Inc.

Payne Family Literacy House
17 Atlantic Street • Lynn, MA 01902

Director: Jan Plourde • 978-993-4425 • jan@therealprogram.org

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