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The Port Washington Education Foundation (PWEF) is launching an academic support program with the assistance of the Port Washington Public Library. The program is known as the PWEF Academic Support Center, and will focus on students for whom English is a second language or who would benefit from reading and writing support skills. At this time, the enrollment will be limited to approximately 40 third grade students in the elementary schools. All costs for this center are being underwritten by the PWEF.

The PWEF academic support center will begin on January 17, 2006. This after-school program will take place on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:50 p.m. at the Port Washington Public Library, and The Port Washington School District will provide bus transportation to the library. At the center, the students will receive help with homework and school projects, as well as other curriculum-related activities.

The academic support center is managed and administered by a committee of the PWEF board members. The committee is chaired by board member Ellen Fox, and its members are Elaine Berman, Beth Eule, Marcia Levine, Laura Mogul, Roy Nelson, Jean-Marie Posner, Elaine Sands and Cathy Seldin. The center's administrative director is an experienced educator, Jane Tafarella, a retired Port Washington elementary school teacher. The center is looking for volunteers who are interested in lending a helping hand and working with the students.

"The mission of the PWEF is to support learning initiatives beyond the scope of the school district budget," explains Ellen Fox. "With that mission in mind, we have established the academic support center to supplement and strengthen educational experiences in ways that are not supported by the current school district budget."

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the center can submit a resume to PWEF at P.O. Box 909, Port Washington, NY 11050. For further information please contact Ellen Fox (944-3312 or ellenbfox@yahoo.com).


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