MAY 2014
2013 Report to the Community
It gives us great pleasure to report the key achievements for the year ending  2013 via our Report to the Community
Community Ambassador: Stephen Na
As a Community Ambassador, Stephen Na is a trusted informal leader representing Ready for School.  You can find Stephen assisting at community playgroups while engaging and informing parents on the important role they play in getting their children ready for school.  Stephen also establishes relationships with teachers and social service agencies in the community to make a connection and communicate the Ready for School mission. 
Stephen brings a balance of customer service skills and a passion for the Ready for School mission. Before joining Ready for School, Stephen worked in the customer service industry. "I feel that my strong customer service background and skills have provided me the proper experience to build trust between myself and the families that I assist on a daily basis," Stephen says.  This experience has led Stephen to focus on the critical role of bridging the gap between home and school by providing parents the information and tools to prepare their children for success. Stephen is a firm believer that early education plays an important role in a childs lifelong success.
Stephen is currently studying toward a degree in Social Work at Grand Rapids Community College.

Playgroups happen daily.  Check out our Events Calendar 
for dates and times.

Save The Date
You are invited to an Open House & Dedication for the new office location of Ready for School!

Thursday, June 26
4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
70 West 8th Street, Holland
Preschool: A Wise Investment
Take a moment to view this 60 second video touting the benefits of high-quality preschool. It features the unique and powerful voices of leaders from business, military, law enforcement, faith, and sports.
CSA: Preschool wise investment. 
Since 2009 Ready for School has provided more than 1,000 preschool scholarships!
Kellogg Fellow:
Pat Verduin
Congratulations to Ready for School's Pat VerDuin.  Pat was selected by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation  Community Network's Fellowship program. As a fellow, Pat will engage in shared learning experiences that will help transform her role as a strong agent of social change that will last beyond the program's duration.  Through the fellowship, W.K.Kellogg Foundation hopes to nurture a team of community and civic leaders who are able to bring diverse communities together as vigorous advocates for vulnerable children and their families.


Pat will spend three years enhancing leadership skills and sharing experiences with a group of developing leaders.

Learn more about the fellowship:

Kellogg Community Leadership

Thank You!
A special thank you to all of the sponsors and runners of the Holland A.M. Rotary's 2014 PNC Bank Snowmelt Shuffle. Ready for School received a $5,000 check at last weeks Rotary meeting.

Pictured from left to right, Colleen Hill of Ready for School and Rotary members Robert Rydell, Tom Bos, Kevin Phillips, and Herbert Dakin.
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