Contact Us Take The Pledge      
Transforming a Generation: 90% Literacy by Third Grade
Join the others who have taken the pledge:
Whole Child Indian River, Samantha Breen, Nichole Harris, Lisa Barnum, Brenda Zamora, 1 1, Jeanne Prince, tommy collettit, elizabeth bahl, Sara Goodman, jennifer roker, Kimberly Robideau, Casey Dunn, Annie Brown, JIM BATORY, Harvest Food & Outreach Center, STEPHANIE CLARK, Sharon Klein, Jill Truax, Therese Victoria, Mark Farrell, Kayla Chitty, Bridgette Diskin, Amanda Acker, Cathy Durrett-Filusch, Nancy Blessing, Melissa Hall, Nancy Prizito, Susan Aguirre , Gisele Parker, Growing Healthy Kids, Inc., Rose Brickles, Deirdre Creech, Kathryn Woodall, Carolina Rojas, Emily Jarrett, Nancy Sparkman, tommy collettit, FELLSMERE ELEMENTARY, 1 -1', Lesley Lane, Mary Ann Kalin, Renee Lincoln, Adam Faust, Krishna Patel, Kim Klaus, LaTanya Morgan, Susan Rosier, Tara Miranda, Christy Baer , Nancy De La Hoz, Katherine Wolf, Tessa Stanley, Kelli Mejia, The Buggy Bunch, Megan Falcone, Sharon Delo, Michelle Bass, Fenia Hiaasen, sabrina fraga, Autumn Wheeler, janice pagan, mardy hall, Tisa Blidgen, Elaine McGinty, kelly baysura, Marta Cronin, Ralph Autullo, Maureen Nicolace, Marisela Luna, Sonja Phillips, Kaori Fischer, Stacey Fletcher, Tiffany Carlsen, Maria Alvarez, Emily Wick, Elizabeth Pinkney, Dorie Shemo, Milli Wenzel, Susan Rosier, Liane McMullen, Mary Strickler, Katie Collier, audrey colonna, Christine Ryall, allene moorehead, Jody Houston, Tessa House, Kaori Fischer, Mari Seg, MAry Grace Hektner, Patrick Toole, Bruce Green, Isabel Marron , Laura Zorc, keesha trusty, Diane Mahan, Cindi Ellis, maria miranda, VBKA, Nancy De La Hoz, Karen Newkirk, Matthew McManus, jacki decaro, Phoebe Beacham, Vero Beach Museum of Art, kayla poindexter, Amber Petry, Becky Warren, Clare Hughes, Kristina Trahan, renee fraker, Ramon Echeverria, Paige Newinski, FRAN PERKINS, Di Pugh, Dasie Hope Center, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Ann Mathis, Christopher Cummings, test test, Melinda Judson, Elias Medina, Narda Pitkethly, Randall Hunt, Fellsmere Police Department FPD, Diane Bressner, Emme Scheible, Pamela Prange, Janie Graves Hoover, Louis and Sara Smith, Kathleen Nealy, East Coast Earthworks & Excavating, Stacey Klim, Cathryn Miquelon, John obrien, Sterling Bobbitt , ruth darrigo, Elizabeth Tetreault, Gloria Severino, Kelly Palmer, Kim Klaus, Hollie McDougall, Donna Hedgecock, GoldenTabs VlNDAmqBXuOUgPSzn, Barbara Johnson, Lucy Roy-Delapaz, Doug Glenn, Sandy Hamrick, Debra Schroeder, Shanti Sanchez, Teri Barenborg, Angela Bosman, mardy hall, joshua poindexter, Lisa Segroves, Fidelity Investments, Fidelity Investments, Rhonda McGilberry, Becky Levesque, Tammy Eriksen, Judy Whalen, Lisa Bishop, Lisa McFaland, LaTanya Morgan, matt KdPIOvmNNItBy, Liz Tetreault, Susan Del Tufo, Pamela Miller, Sandra Daniel, Fourth Quadrant Partners, ann prince, Juelie Perry, Ronda Weaver, charlene bentien, SHARYN A HAWKER, Rebecca Turner, Katrena McMahan, Mary Anne Sitkowski, Lenora Ritchie, Tirso Moreno, Mindy Lessem Pollack, Brittany Lindsey, Healthy Families, Lisa Guillette, Jamie Stalter, Margaret Autullo, Brooke Flood, Diane Donar, Rhonda McGilberry, Christina Hayes, Teri Dugan, Thomas Moore, belinda washimgton-davis, Joy Lukomski, Kenny Carmichael, shelby dorris, Alejandrina Micket, Christy Baer, Angel Maldonado, Dean Stewart Photography, Agnieszka Szymanska, Nicole Piontek, Bent Pine Golf Club, Nancy Blessing, Janai Cooper, -1' 1, Andrea Cosner, Dorie Shemo, Sherrie Hale, Keondra Eberhardt, Susan Rosier, Bobbie Donelson, Linda Hammerle, Amanda Emanuel, Socorro Luna, Annie Brown, Literacy Services, Melody M Englert, Tara Luton , Isabel Marron , Christina Lindgren, Karen Malits, Arlene Kahn, Kay Yurigan, Jenna Chatfield, Kerilyn Ngom, Donna Hedgecock, Gifford Youth Activity Center, Debra Barnesd, Michele Smith, Teri Dugan, Amy Speak, yaquelin andrade, Andrea Cosner, Celeste McWilliams, Angel Maldonado, Janet Alford, Indian River County Lawyers Auxiliary, Mike Gaudio, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian River County, Kelli Mejia, Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, Dee Hollenbeck, TLA, 211/Help Me Grow, Barneyxcq yWxcSpFGWvTabbVDxz, Clare Hughes, GEORGE JETT, mary kannapes, Maria Ortiz, Jeff Miller, Raquel Searcy, Susan Del Tufo, Toni Reukauf, Cheryl Gondek, Heather Quigley, Kristen Jones, Edward Shanaphy, Jennifer Durrett, Ralph Sunshine Acquisitions, Lillian Marsiglia, Becky Allen, Achillies Pace, Bill McMullen, Jennifer Roberts, Karen Disney, Karen Newkirk, Kelley Williams, Amy Kelly, Angela Jawhar, Marie OBrien, Page Woodward, Laurie Pedersen, yaquelin andrade, Ashley Farruggio, Arianna Lagges, Nate & Kristen Bruckner, Kathy Minix, LaTanya Gibson, Theresa Wagner, cheryl gondek, kari broomell, maria marron, Ana Renuart, jorge luis ramirez, Tina Campbell, Vero Beach Police Department, Wendi Adams, Patricia Beaudoin, Nicolas ospina de la hoz, 1 1, Farrah Lemanski, Helene Caseltine, Kathryn Perez, ggdxfg fdgfh, sharon richards, Deborah Dillon, Hope Woodhouse , Jennifer Croom, Lisa Wheeler, F.A.C.T. Fellsmere Action Community Team, JIM BATORY, Tami Haffield, Heidi Lourie, Patricia Mandell, Dr. David Christiansen, parker hammond, Kim Brady, Lori Nalls, Carol David, Tiffany Justice, donna palmquist, Michele Sternberg, Ramon Echeverria, briana carter, United Way of Indian River Co., Leslie Connelly, Lorri Dior, Lisa Guilmette, hannah kauferh, Mary Laquidara, Jennifer Steele, Susan Del Tufo, Tanya BRAUN, Sharon Klein, Laura McGill, Matt McManus, Heather Helton, Mark yBzNyaFpSKdSM, Heather Young, Jessica Cox, Megan Falcone, Kidz Closet Charities, Jayne Becker, Janet Farmer, Marsha Van Arman, Heather Thompson, Mary Graves, Ramon Echeverria, Crystal Gothe, audrey colonna, sharon butler, Jennifer Seifstein, jennifer jackson, Erin Hollander, Indian River Taekwondo Langlois, Sue Sharpe, Heidi Lourie, Keith Touchberry, Gina Sultaire, Sharon Klein, Indian River County Chamber of, Rebecca Blair, Patricia Mandell, Mary Kramek, Traci McGough, Milli Wenzel, Dr. Connie Proskovec, Carla Cundiff, ISABELLA LAGGES, Vero Beach Magazine, Helene Caseltine, 1 -1', Carrie Spencer, DOE-OEL, AmeriCorps/Big Brothers Big Sister, Tracey Barker, liz woody, Dorothy Cominsky, Michael Van Houten, Michelle Chandler, Shannon Gillen, Yasmin Medina, Kelly Sartain, Leslie Jones, JOY VANHORN, Elizabeth Pinkney, uritayay, Hayley Gondek, valerie conway, carrie fernandez, hannah kaufeh, Gretchen DiVincenzo, Robyn Bethel, shelby dorris, Jeff The Bro, Kirra OBrien, Vero Equine Riding Academy , Suzi Rusin, judy jones, Natalie Arbuckle, Sherry White, Kevin Maloney, Kristi Challenor, Emilia Jacobs, Kelly Palmer, Gabrielle Wagner, Lydia Galbraith, Lilibeth Ballina, Rachel Holpfer, -1' 1, Courtney Mellin, Susan Del Tufo, Shariea Shoatz, Guillermina Walker, Linda Condit, Taylor Walker, Brittany Bailey, Kristin Culbreth, Kathleen Hamilton, Elizabeth Falkiewicz, Beth Livers, buzz wurzer, Erica Thomas, Shawna Carton, Annie Brown, Sophie Wood, Elizabeth Stenger, Margaret Dawson-Brown, Alaina McCloud, Amanda Stevens, Kerilyn Ngom, Christina Lindgren, Karen Taylor, Christine Sturgeon, Cynthia Jorgensen, Tricia Boyle, Devi Maharajh, Heather Thompson, Renee Boesch, Gloria Luna, Tabitha Johnston, Chuck Evans,

Indian River Club uses their Head, Heart & Hands to support literacy.

The Indian River Club uses their Head, Heart & Hands to support literacy.

The Learning Alliance (TLA) received a $15,000 grant from Head, Heart & Hands, the funding arm of the Indian River Club.

The $15,000 grant directly funds a Third Grade Interventionist (3Gi) at Indian River Academy and supports TLA's mission to transform our community’s future and become a model for the nation by cultivating a culture where 90 percent of children read on grade level by the end of third grade.

This funding piggybacks on the relationship already developed between residents of Indian River Club and the Indian River Academy (IRA). Eighty residents regularly volunteer at IRA for more than 500 hours each month.

We're so proud to be partners with the Indian River Club. It's been vital for our school community to know that the community is behind us. We service about 500 students in this south county neighborhood,” said Diane Fannin, IRA principal, adding that the 3Gi helps these struggling readers to feel that they can read and feel confident.

We had 90 third graders last year; and with this extra help [the 3Gi meets with those kids five days a week for 30 minutes a day], only six students did not make it to fourth grade,” shared Fannin.

When Steve Sadlek, Head, Heart & Hands grant committee member, presented checks to several of the grant recipients, he said, “Five years ago when my wife and I were asked to make a donation to Head, Heart & Hands when it first started, I had no idea how much need was in our community. You folks are all to be lauded for every effort that you have put in.”

We're so thankful for the Head, Heart & Hands Foundation. The Indian River Club has really taken hold of the Indian River Academy, a school where 90 percent of the kids are on free and reduced lunch and supported them in a myriad of ways,” said Barbara Hammond, The Learning Alliance CEO and co-founder.

Hammond notes, “We've found the Third Grade Interventionist (3Gi) is one of the most effective in-school programs. In this intervention program, the 3Gi works with small groups of struggling third graders. Through this funding, a third-grade interventionist will change the lives of 25 to 30 students next year at Indian River Academy. We're so grateful and thankful for Head, Hearth & Hands support.”

The 3Gi position was created to improve literacy outcomes by the end of the third grade with the ultimate goal to create literate, compassionate, creative citizens who will improve our world. With only 36 percent of all third-graders nationally and 56 percent locally reading on grade level, these children need extended learning programs delivered by highly trained educators and through the support of the community.

A student who is behind after third grade has only a one in six chance of catching up. To combat these statistics, The Learning Alliance provides critical programs that are essential to our children’s success in school and in life. The 3Gi provides one-to-one and small group instruction to struggling third graders during the school day to support the afterschool and summer programs also being offered. Last year's data showed that students in the 3GI program had a 168 percent growth versus 23 percent for the district.