The REAL Program, Inc.

Payne Family Literacy House
17 Atlantic Street
Lynn, MA 01902

Director: Jan Plourde



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August 31, 2019

REAL wants to recognize Literacy Teachers in Lynn with a cash award! Students of any age are invited to nominate the teacher that inspired them to love reading and writing through a short video. Any student of Lynn schools is eligible to participate, nominating an elem...

June 28, 2019

FROM THE LYNN ITEM | JUNE 28, 2019 — Reading and Educational Assistance for Learning (REAL) founder Jan Plourde likes to look ahead. She envisions replicating her Atlantic Street program in six other neighborhoods across the city. 

“We have the experience, energy and ex...

October 10, 2016

The REAL Program is undergoing a strategic planning process to help us learn what makes us REAL and what will make us more REAL for more people in the future. The process is crucial for us to become recognized as an organization worthy of people's resources of time, mo...

January 12, 2016

We the People are words. We need to have literacy to read and understand those words!




The REAL Program exists to improve literacy. 


  • We are excited about the next semester at The REAL Program. We start on Monday, 1/25.

  • We are excited to be p...

January 5, 2016

Exciting new things happening in 2016. ‪#‎makewayforREAL2016‬ is the theme for this year's literacy campaign. We have collected and distributed over 32,000 children's books to mostly children in Lynn, MA where we need to improve children's access to books and to people...

August 18, 2014

The mission of The #REAL Program is to improve #literacy!



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About the Author:
Jan Plourde

Hello and thank you for taking an interest in The REAL Program. I am deeply honored to have the trust from families, community leaders, volunteers of all ages and from all communities and parts of my life to help me in my conviction that literacy is a key ingredient for success. I am an early childhood educator, a business person, a professor, a mother, a publisher, a software developer, a daughter and a sister. I have recently been honored with the title of MASS Literacy Champion with four other dedicated literacy champions.

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