Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - In late 2022, Coeur Alaska, Inc., owner and operator of the Kensington Mine, presented $10,000 to the United Way of Southeast Alaska to strengthen the Coeur Alaska LEARN UNITED Reading Tutor Program.
Originally founded in 2012 as a partnership between Coeur Alaska, United Way of Southeast Alaska, and the Juneau School District, the program partners with the Juneau School District to pair community volunteers with elementary students to improve literacy skills for students by third grade. Volunteer reading tutors provide constructive guidance, positive encouragement, and a literacy-rich setting for elementary school-aged children.
“After a temporary pause in the program due to the pandemic, the timing was right to relaunch the Coeur Alaska LEARN UNITED Reading Tutor program,” President and CEO of United Way of Southeast Alaska Wayne Stevens said. “As we transition away from the pandemic, it felt like an ideal time to make an investment to revitalize the program to limit the negative impacts of the COVID pandemic and associated education shifts on literacy skills.”
“Investing in education creates a strong foundation for the future workforce of Alaska,” said Coeur Alaska’s General Manager Steve Ball. “Reading proficiency is one of the biggest predictors of lifelong success, and we hope that the Coeur Alaska LEARN UNITED Reading Tutor Program can provide the support needed to develop our next generation of Alaska’s leaders.”
Coeur Alaska has been a proud supporter of United Way of Southeast Alaska for over a decade. Its employees have been involved in the Employee Workplace Campaign since 2011, the Coeur Alaska LEARN UNITED Reading Tutor Program since 2012, and the United Way Day of Caring since 2011. Coeur Alaska’s Kensington Mine is an underground, hard-rock gold mine located in the Berners Bay Mining District 45 miles north-northwest of Juneau. The mine began commercial production on July 3, 2010, and celebrated ten full years of production in 2020. Coeur Alaska employs approximately 400 people and is the second-largest employer in the City and Borough of Juneau.
“Coeur Alaska has been contributing to and strengthening the Southeast community for over 35 years and our employees care deeply for the communities in which we live and operate,” Coeur Alaska’s Community and Government Affairs Manager, Rochelle Lindley, said. “Supporting United Way of Southeast Alaska is a fantastic way to make a broad impact in areas of the community that need it most.”
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