What Are We Doing Now?

Because of your generous support, we are continuing our Before Home component with an At Home component of The REAL Program. Our mentors and interns are here to help the REAL families engage in reading, school work, play time and to be mindful of screen time (the biggest challenge). Lots of planning going on! Volunteers and board members are in a strategic planning process to map out the next 10 REAL years! We are working on updating our website and writing grants. Work is still underway at 17 Atlantic St. Lynn where we are taking steps to open our Starting Small Preschool at The REAL Program (when we can interact in community). 


Thank you for your support. It is important for us to be even more creative in our efforts to provide literacy and resources to children and families who are our neighbors, friends and loved ones. 


With our thanks for all you have done for us,

Jan Plourde, Executive Director

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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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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!
What's Jan Blogging About?

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. 
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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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