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Review for A Stepping Stone Foundation, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a past president of A Stepping Stone Foundation, I have a different perspective on the amazing effectiveness of the program. I have always believed our preschool program to be “top drawer” in its concepts and quality of its teachers, both in their abilities and passion to teach. I also recognize that there are other preschool programs that are of similar high quality. But, what I personally find most compelling is the ‘Adult Literacy’ component which sets A Stepping Stone apart from most other preschool programs. It is the required “sweat equity” of the parent(s) that allows their child to attend the SSF preschool. Classes for the parents include: English as a Second Language (ESL), Parenting and various classes needed to acquire a GED. Home visits by our teachers and volunteering in the child’s classroom are also required. As any educator will tell you, a parents involvement in their child’s education is vital to their success, especially when the child is at high risk of school failure due to economic or environmental factors. More importantly, given today’s current climate regarding the subject of immigration, A Stepping Stone Foundation demonstrates what a “pro-active” response looks like in deference to the negative rhetoric all too common in conversation and media. By educating the young child, we greatly enhance their potential to graduate high school (at least) and become a contributing member of society, and maybe more! By educating the parent, we double the affect on the child, AND greatly enhance the parent becoming a “tax paying”, proud, law abiding , contributing member of society!! As said by many a great leader and philosopher, “The greatness of a society can be measured by how those who are “blessed” help lift up those who are the “least” of their society.” A Stepping Stone Foundation is a fine example of that quote, and I am very proud to be associated with them! Mike Gattorna

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Role:  Volunteer & Past President, Golf Tournament Chair, Christmas Angels volunteer, fill in where needed.