VIPS gains $21,000 donation from Verizon for education program


POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 4:27pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 5:45pm

Monday, Jan. 23 was a big day for a local non-profit organization focused on education.

The Verizon foundation donated $21,000 dollars to Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS). That money will go to their Everybody Reads literacy program.

"Verizon's ultimate goal is to make sure that every student in this city gets every resource that they need,” Dustin Gomez, a Verizon representative, explained. “That's why this is such a big opportunity for us to support that program."

Through the program volunteers teach reading to first, second, and third grade students who need a little extra help.

"I think what it does for us is it validates for our community what we do and the work that we do,” Verni Howard, Volunteers in Public Schools, said.

Program leaders say the money will help recruit and train new volunteers!

Those folks will be placed in schools throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.

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