One good deed becomes a US $150,000 donation from a Toronto-based online
2,500 students in Middlebury, Indiana to benefit
TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - One good deed by a resident of Middlebury,
Indiana led to Essential Skills Advantage (ESA), a leading provider of online education for children, to establish the
annual Christmas 'Good Deed', a program that provides children
throughout North America with a free one-year online subscription to
its Essential Skills' Reading and Language Programs. ESA announced its
inaugural 2013 'Good Deed' recipient is Middlebury, Indiana where they
will provide every child in that town with free access to their online
educational programs. The gift, valued at US $150,000, is made on
behalf of Gail Hostetter and Crystal Valley Computers.
"I was driving home one day and spotted a laptop computer on the road,"
said Gail Hostetter, long-time resident of Middlebury, Indiana.
"Rather than take the computer home, I decided to take it to Crystal
Valley Computers with the hope that they would be able to find the
It turns out that the computer belonged to the son of John Lennie Sr.,
chairman of Essential Skills Advantage, based in Toronto, Canada. ESA
is a provider of online education and develops programs that are
designed to strengthen a child's aptitude for the foundational skills
required to master the educational expectations of any curriculum.
ESA's programs are available in the subject areas of reading and
language from kindergarten to grade six, and are highly interactive
appealing to all types of learners, from visual, to auditory, to
To recognize Gail Hostetter's 'Good Deed', ESA is giving every child,
aged 3-12 in Middlebury a free one-year subscription to Essential
Skills' Reading and Language Programs valued at $60.00 per child.
Middlebury has about 2,500 kids, so the gift is valued at US $150,000.
"I wanted to send a message that good deeds are appreciated and
encouraged," said John Lennie Sr. "If all 2,500 children use the
program then Middlebury will have the best readers in America - a gift
that will last a lifetime."
Do you have a 'Good Deed' Story to share?
ESA was so impressed with Gail Hostetter's good deed that they decided
to expand the 'Good Deed' program and award something like this to
another North American community every Christmas. ESA encourages
everyone in North America to visit facebook.com/skillsadvantage and share a story about someone who has done a good deed. When you do
the right thing you never know who will notice.
About Essential Skills Advantage
For the past decade, ESA has helped countless students in over 20,000
different schools across the US and Canada. Due to the demand for a
home-ready learning supplement, ESA now offers online reading and
language programs for children in grades K-6. These programs have been
created by experienced teachers and educators to align with curriculum
requirements. A monthly fee of $4.99 per student provides educational programs that parents can afford and
children will love to use. For more information, visit www.BuyESA.com.
SOURCE: Essential Skills Advantage
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