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Partnering for Literacy Year End Celebration

Mentors and mentees recognized for significant achievements in the program’s first year.


LEOMINSTER, MA On June 14, 2018, students, teachers, administrators, and volunteer literacy mentors and mentees celebrated the sweet success of the Partnering for Literacy program by enjoying cake and popsicles on the front lawn of the Priest Street Elementary School.


The school’s principal, James Reilly, received an Award of Appreciation for his work in support of the Partnering 4 Literacy program. The program was launched in October 2017 with the goal of building literacy and social skills of kindergarten students.


“Given the tremendous achievements of the volunteer mentors and most importantly the students, we are excited about the opportunity to expand the program to serve more students and more towns, in the coming years,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts.


Grzewinski also praised the program’s corporate sponsor, Affordable Interior Systems (AIS, Inc.), the program’s first Corporate Partner. Nine AIS employees and one Family Federal Savings employee volunteered as mentors during the pilot year. Six AIS employees, two members of the N. Central Mass. Realtors Association and a community member volunteered as Classroom Assistants.


If your company is interested in becoming a Corporate Partner, please contact Fran Longton: 
978-345-1577 ext. 311 or


This program is sponsored in part by Massachusetts Service Alliance.

The United Way of North Central Massachusetts serves the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Pepperell, Lunenburg, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.