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Making Future Success Possible

Project BEAR’s mission is conveyed in the name: BEAR stands for Building Emerging and Achieving Readers.

Our members provide direct literacy instruction to young children, birth-age five, building early literacy skills. Focusing on oral language development, phonological awareness, and print knowledge, BEAR members facilitate the growth of necessary skills to be successful in kindergarten.

Members engage students directly partnering with classroom teachers in nearly 50 classrooms throughout Lawrence, Pike, and Scioto counties. Additional support and parent education events are provided throughout Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Pike, Scioto, and Vinton counties through our partnership with EasterSeals of Central and Southeast Ohio to promote the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library. Our goal is to lead by example and promote evidence-based practices in our community.

Join us!

To be a member of the team or a partner school, contact Hayley Venturino, Director of Project BEAR.
(740) 351-2059

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Contact Information

Location: ADM 031

Ashley Pitts
Program Assistant

Hayley Venturino
Program Director

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