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Post date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:18pm

Megan* was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant.

The Santa Barbara School District did such an amazing job of supplying her with the social and academic resources she needed during the school year, but when summer came around, she would lose some of the strides that she made during the year because of the long break. Her mother then learned at a United Way presentation at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust (now Union Bank) about United Way’s United for Literacy initiative that provides students 24/7 access to practice and enhance literacy skills through online Power Reading software...

Post date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 1:06pm

For many of Santa Barbara’s littlest learners without preschool experience, the transition to kindergarten can be a difficult adjustment. Kindergarten will be their very first exposure to classroom learning and can reveal that they are behind their peers. These students often are afraid to be away from home and family for the first time; have very limited knowledge of letters, numbers, shapes, and colors; may not have learned classroom behaviors like sitting quietly, raising their hands, or sharing; and some may not know their own name.

During Kindergarten Success Institutes (KSI),...

Post date: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:59pm
Jackey wrote to tell us about her little brother's experience at Fun in the Sun

My mother worried about my younger brother, Emiliano. He had a hard time learning and never received the extra attention he needed to improve. That changed the summer between third and fourth grades, when he attended Fun in the Sun. He became an entirely different person as he told us about all the new friends he was making and everything that he learned each day.

During his third summer in Fun in the Sun, Emiliano took his responsibilities as an older student and role model very seriously. He taught the...