August 25, 2018

Volunteers from @breckinridgecapitaladvisors came to help assemble and paint 10 little free libraries to place in the neighborhoods of #REAL families so children will always have access to #books. #community #literacy
Thank you!

May 18, 2017

The REAL Program wraps up its school year program this month. Many, many thanks to our mentors and interns for your guidance and assistance this year. Of course, we could not be the success that we are without our students and their families.

** Thank You **

March 15, 2017

Delightful, fun, energizing, creative are many of the words used to describe the experience of the Tracy Pingree School partnership in March.

Pingree is an independent day high school in South Hamilton, MA. Public schools have a week long vacation in February and in Apr...

February 17, 2015


The astounding number of college students, parents of young children and even grandparents of young children who have never had the opportunity to listen to someone read to them or tell them a story is disheartening. We need to shovel all these giant snow banks in the...

July 8, 2014

We have started our summer fun at The REAL Program! Children, adults, parents, teens, volunteers, students, board members, friends, neighbors, grandparents and all are enjoying learning and teaching together. The time goes by so quickly and the children do not want to...

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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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