$10,000: Mountaire continues support for IRSD’s Project V.I.L.L.A.G.E


GEORGETOWN – It takes a whole village to raise a child, according to an old proverb.

In the Indian River School District, toddlers with high needs are served through Project V.I.L.L.A.G.E. – a long-standing initiative that has had ongoing support from Mountaire Farms.

The poultry company’s continuing support hit five digits Monday night as Mountaire representatives Roger Marino and Sean McKeon presented a $10,000 check at the IRSD board of education meeting.

Representatives of Mountaire Farms Inc. presented a $10,000 check to Indian River School District’s Project V.I.L.l.A.G.E initiative at the Aug. 28 school board meeting. Front row from left, Mountaire Farms Director of Communications/Community Relations Sean McKeon. Dr. Audrey Carey, IRSD’s supervisor of elementary education and Mountaire’s public relations director Roger Marino. In back, IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele and school board president Charles Bireley.

“For the past 20 years or so when Project V.I.L.L.A.G.E. was first established, the school district, a local church and Mountaire came together to develop a plan to serve the highest-needs students,” said IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele. “And through the years we’ve managed to maintain a high-quality relationship with that community.”

“It has been a great partnership for our company to partner with Indian River School District and Project V.I.L.L.A.G.E. We look forward to partnering with you in different ways,” said Mr. McKeon, director of communications/community relations for Mountaire Farms Inc.

Project V.I.L.L.A.G.E., which stands for Verbally Intensive Literacy and Learning Activities for Growth in Education, is an IRSD initiative. The program provides a comprehensive, developmental-appropriate, quality-early childhood program for economically-challenged, qualified four-year-olds in the Selbyville, Frankford, Millsboro, and Georgetown areas.

On average, Project V.I.L.L.A.G.E. serves approximately 172 students during the school year. Thirty-four children are enrolled in the Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP) program.

This award-winning program has earned the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Superstars in Education Award in 2000 and Civic Star Magna Award in 2003. More recently it received a STAR level 5 rating from the state of Delaware.

Dr. Audrey Carey, IRSD’s supervisor of elementary education, said Mountaire’s partnership goes beyond money.

“I just want to point out that not only financially but we have employees come over and read to our students,” said Dr. Carey.

Mountaire’s partnership also helps provides coats for little ones, Easter egg hunts and things for all students, she said.

“We really appreciate their well-rounded support,” Dr. Carey said.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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