HAPPY stands for Home Advantage with Parents as Partners for Youth, because all of our literacy efforts rely on some form of collaboration with parents as their children’s first teachers. Here are some of the comments garnered from those who have utilized what we offer. To protect students’ privacy, we are omitting parents’ names, but if you wish to talk with them directly, we’d be HAPPY to arrange that.
People really need to see the incredibly creative work you do. Your engaging materials and evidence-based methods are superb and foster a reading culture. Your programs need to be in every type of school and can benefit diverse learners everywhere
‐ J. Roberts, Retired Reading Specialist, Retired Elementary Principal and Past President of Virginia State Reading Association
I had to buy him the ENTIRE book series, because once he started reading them at camp, he didn't want to stop. And we're talking about my child who NEVER wanted to read!
‐ Mom of two elementary boys
I don't feel smart at school, but when I come to reading camp, I KNOW that I'm smart.
‐ 4th grade camper
Something sunk in, because he's making honor roll every grading period, and he NEVER did that before.
‐ Grandparent of 4th grade student
I just met with the principal and they say she's made enough progress that she doesn't have to repeat next year!
‐ Parent of 1st grade student who was slated for retention
I cannot even put into words how grateful I am. They are having an amazing time and absolutely love coming. They talked me into not picking them up early today. I hope you will have this program again next summer and that I'm able to have the girls be a part of it again. They have already been asking if they can do it again next year and they hope they can do more than two weeks.
‐ Parent of two HAPPY Campers