Two take Soaring to Success awards for home-visit education
Cambridge residents took home two of the year’s four state Soaring to Success awards from The Parent-Child Home Program, a national nonprofit that sends volunteer educators to the homes of children needing an educational boost. The Cambridge program is funded by the public school district, though there are other funding models throughout the state’s 31 sites.
State Rep. Alice Wolf, a longtime supporter of the city program, served as presenter Dec. 9 in Boston for the House of Representatives Citations for her Cambridge constituents. Megan Crofford, a program representative, described the recipients:
Margaret (Peggy) Beucler began participating in the program with her daughter, Charlene, in 1976. In 1978, when she completed the program, she began volunteering as a home visitor, and in 1979 was invited to become the full-time Cambridge office assistant. Over the past 30 years, she has become an integral part of the program, working on curriculum development and supervising staff.
Ellen Valade began volunteering in the program while teaching at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. She trained high school students to help with home visiting, and, when she lost her job as a result of Proposition 2½, was hired as the Cambridge Parent-Child Home Program site coordinator. She served in this position, which she so loved, until her retirement in 2008. Ellen still delights in her opportunity to be involved with such a brilliant and effective program.