Thank you! – January 2017

I want to start the new year off with two very big “Thank You’s!” First, thank you to the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland Medical School. Akoben was the beneficiary of their 2016 giving campaign, which will result in the purchase of 30 tablets for Akoben students to use. The department raised about $10,000 to make this …

A Small Update About Our Mission – November 2016

We are well into the school year and I have to say the program is going great!  The educators have a lot of passion, the kids are excited, and there’s a lot of learning going on!  Many thanks again to the leadership and faculty at Lyndhurst Elementary. We are now entering phase 2 of our strategic plan – we are …

Reading, Rhythm, and the Arts Return – September 2016

The Akoben team is in high gear as we kick off our second year of Reading, Rhythm, and the Arts at Lyndhurst Elementary.  Our goal is to repeat the success of last year, when 100% of the students in preK – 2nd grade finished on or above grade level for reading competency! I am compelled to shout out to Dr. …

Program Success! – April 2015

As we approach the end of our first year, we are excited to get our first look at how effective the program is at improving grade level reading compared to youngsters that were not in the program.  Our fingers are crossed that the comparison will be positive and worthwhile! We are planning our summer bridge program to begin in July …

Change for Reading, Rhythm and the Arts! – February 2016

Happy Valentine’s Day!! After breaking for the winter holidays, Akoben has started the second half of the school year with a significant operational change.  We no longer utilize volunteers to guide our students through the Reading, Rhythm, and Arts program, rather we have part time employees to do this most important work.  We made this change for one simple reason …

Introducing Our Work – December 2015

I love talking about the work of the Akoben Foundation – if you are reading this you already know that our work is all about ending poverty through literacy.  However, there are two questions that nearly everyone asks: 1.  Are the statistics we flash on our website home screen really true?  Sadly, they are.  Read the sourced statistics for yourself …