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Buena Vista Literacy Tutorial Program aids students with help from local donations

By Theresa Harrington
Saturday, October 29th, 2011 at 5:02 pm in Education.

A $25,000 donation from RPM Mortgage to the Buena Vista Auxilliary will help to provide 83 tutoring sessions through the organization’s Reading Tutorial program. The auxiliary is a part of the Assistance League of Diablo Valley® that assists children who read below grade level with hands-on tutoring.

The donation is expected to benefit 84 children with 672 hours of tutoring in the following schools: Meadow Homes, Silverwood and Wren Avenue elementary schools in Concord, Shore Acres Elementary in Bay Point and Indian Valley Elementary in Walnut Creek.

“The future of our country is dependent on the education of our children,” said Rob Hirt, CEO of RPM Mortgage, in a news release. “RPM receives the majority of our business from our local communities and we believe that as a family run business, it is important that we give back to our community schools. Buena Vista Auxiliary is a shining example of local residents pulling together to support our children’s reading education.”

The auxiliary, established in 1993, provides an early-intervention literacy program to local elementary school children who read below grade level. It has raised over $1.1 million to provide 26,000 hours of tutoring and 10,000 books more than 3,300 children in an effort to improve their reading skills, as well as their self-confidence and self-esteem.

“Buena Vista Auxiliary is a shining example of local residents pulling together to support our children’s reading education,” Hirt said. “RPM Mortgage is extremely proud of our association with this organization.”

Students are selected by their teachers to receive 16 one-hour sessions over a four- to six-week period.

“Rob and Tracey’s gift to our program has the potential to change the lives of each of those children, and to make a difference in our community where local schools are in need during this time of tough economic conditions and budget shortfalls,” said Andrea Callaway, Chairman of Buena Vista Auxiliary, in a news release. “Buena Vista Auxiliary is truly honored to be working with RPM Mortgage in raising awareness and funds for children’s literacy.”

More information about the program is available by visiting

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