Pitney Bowes Celebrates 20th Anniversary of L.I.F.E. Tutoring Program
STAMFORD, Conn., October 25, 2011 - At 4:15 p.m. students from Springdale Elementary School and employees from Pitney Bowes will meet at Pitney Bowes’ headquarters in Stamford, CT, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Learning Is for Everyone (LIFE) Tutoring Program.
The LIFE Tutoring Program first launched in 1991, connecting employee volunteers from Pitney Bowes and students from Springdale Elementary School for tutoring. Twenty years later, the program continues to serve students residing in Stamford's South End community. Since the program’s inception, more than 600 students have benefited from extra academic tutoring each week. This type of enrichment program is also aimed at supporting efforts to close the achievement gap in Stamford public schools.
“We are very pleased that our employees commit their time to this important education program. Helping young students to learn and inspiring them to love learning helps them succeed in school and provides a solid foundation for their future career success,” stated Murray Martin, chairman, president and CEO, Pitney Bowes. “At Pitney Bowes, we believe all children deserve the best education possible. This program is one example of how our employees bring their skills, dedication and commitment to drive meaningful and sustainable change for young neighbors in our communities.”
Mr. Martin will distribute books from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to the children and talk with them about the importance of education. Interim Superintendent Dr. Winifred Hamilton, Springdale Principal Anne Downey, Pitney Bowes executives and Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) Executive Director, Sue Rigano, will be present.
The LIFE Tutoring program is organized by SPEF each year in partnership with Pitney Bowes and Springdale Elementary School. The program supports SPEF’s commitment to connecting corporate volunteers and community resources with Stamford Public Schools. Pitney Bowes employees continue to be strong advocates for the LIFE Tutoring Program. Many volunteers renewed their commitment to the program this year.
About Life Tutoring Program:
The LIFE Tutoring Program's weekly, one-on-one, hour-long tutoring sessions include homework help, reading aloud, and time permitting, educational games. Students join the program as they enter 3rd grade and continue until they graduate from 5th grade. As many of the children in the program come from homes in which English is a second language, a Bilingual Specialist attends LIFE Tutoring to connect the weekly sessions with in-school instruction and ensure effective communication with parents and caregivers.
About Stamford Public Education Foundation:
The Stamford Public Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) Local Education Fund and a member of the Public Education Network, which focuses on preparing all students in public schools across America for post secondary school success. In Stamford, SPEF runs the Everybody Wins! Power Lunch Program serving 140 students each week; the Stamford Mentoring Program serving over 130 students this year; and the LIFE Tutoring Program.
About Pitney Bowes:
Delivering more than 90 years of innovation, Pitney Bowes provides software, hardware and services that integrate physical and digital communications channels. Long known for making its customers more productive, Pitney Bowes is increasingly helping other companies grow their business through advanced customer communications management. Pitney Bowes is a $5.4 billion company and employs 30,000 worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a new opportunity™