The Brantford Expositor featured a story about Joe Persia on Saturday, September 22, 2012.  Joe has been a volunteer board member for Kids Can Fly for the past three years and his focus has been on early learning, particularly early literacy.  Joe brought the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program to Kids Can Fly through the Rotary Club of Brantford-Sunrise.

Kindergarten teacher Joe Persia gives helps Maya Jurowski-Cubitt with some work at Notre-Dame school on Thursday. – CHRISTOPHER SMITH, The Expositor

Just as Joe is breaking tradition in his work life by being a kindergarten teacher, Joe is the only male on the Kids Can Fly board.  “It has added insight and perspective to have a male kindergarten teacher on the board”, says Sharon Brooks, Executive Director of Kids Can Fly.   “By bringing the Imagination Library to the Brantford and Brant County community, it has changed the  Kids Can Fly focus.  We use the Imagination Library as foundation program to reach parents of children aged 0-5 years old.”

“It’s incredibly important for children to have good male role models in their lives. Joe has made a life commitment in studying early learning and development. He not only has the education to be able to bring to the kindergarten classroom, but he also has the kindness and empathy a teacher needs to work with children at that age.” said Patti Berardi, chair of Kids Can Fly who has worked with Joe on a various projects over the years.

Currently, there are 588 children receiving books every month in Brantford and Brant County through the Imagination Library.  Unfortunately, we have had to stop taking registrations until more funding is available and are taking names for a waiting list.  To add your child to the waiting list, click here.

Kids Can Fly is proud of Joe and his ground breaking work both in his teaching career and volunteer career.

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