JESTER & PHARLEY PHUND Overview
Geographic areas served: United States
Students need to reach basic reading levels to achieve success and ill children need emotional support. The Phund?s programs fill both of these needs. Studies show that reading test scores and performance in other academic disciplines dip when reading for pleasure declines. If children don’t develop a passion for reading in elementary school, they likely never will. Laughter helps children through the healing process and they benefit from knowing that other children are thinking of them.
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Barbara Saltzman makes the school assemblies so much fun by drawing out the guessing-game for the kids of how many pages they've read. She announces the top reader for each grade level, as well as for the entire school. The kids wiggle & squirm with excitement and applaud the top reades. It's an ... more »
I love this non-profit's mission. David Saltzman's story is so perfect for young and old. The story "The Jester and Pharley Phund" has such a great message and Barbara has made it into a fabulous literacy program that also benefits young people who are ill by giving them a powerful medicine: ... more »