Cornell Capital, the parent company of Corelle Brands, donated $100,000 to the United Way of the Southern Tier’s Kids on Track program.
“Our goal is to ensure that children are reading proficiently by age eight,” Stephen Hughes, United Way of the Southern Tier’s President and CEO, said. “We often describe it as, between birth and eight, a child is learning to read, and from eight and beyond the child is reading to learn.”
Justine Cheng, a partner of Cornell Capital, said this donation was an important program to contribute to.
“We have supported many philanthropic charities, but this is one that truly resonated with all of us,” Cheng said.
The donation will scale the strategies of the literacy program including home visitations, parent education, and summer learning opportunities.
“It’s all designed to ensure that when children reach school age, they are ready,” Hughes said. “Local teaching professionals can do remarkably good and successful work with those children.”
“It’s an amazing thing to see how children of a young age can feel so empowered when they learn how to read,” Cheng said.