Program Spotlight

Partners in improving literacy: The Hill Center and Edgecombe County Public Schools

The Hill Center and Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) have been partners in improving literacy since 2014. In Edgecombe County, Hill has certified local teachers to deliver the Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP). In the 2016-17 school year, 16 certified teachers are reaching 192 students reading well below grade level. This program is working for ECPS students. In 2015-16, 145 students in grades 1-5 received this instruction at school. Of participating students, 88% showed gains in reading—whereas many students had showed no growth the previous year. Second and third graders successfully moved toward closing their literacy gaps by ending the year closer to their grade level benchmark than they began the year.


To learn more about this partnership to improve literacy in Edgecombe County, please watch the video below.




 "Every Child Can Learn."

Please watch the below video showcasing the powerful work The Hill Center is currently doing and the potential we have to impact students across the state of North Carolina.




Elias Lindholm Visits Boys & Girls Club - Visit in Conjunction with Hurricanes GOAL Grant

Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm visited students from The Hill Center and John Avery Boys & Girls Club in Durham on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The event took take place at the John Avery gym.


The Hill Center and John Avery Boys & Girls Club received a GOAL Grant in the fall of 2014 to fund a collaborative effort to help literacy in the Durham community – a $150,000 commitment from the Foundation over a three-year span. The funds will enable John Avery Boys & Girls Club program participants to receive intensive reading remediation weekly through the Hill Center’s HillRAP program as well as provide student enrichment workshops for 140 student members, parent support activities, and professional development for the John Avery staff.


Lindholm participated in question-and-answer sessions with Boys & Girls Club members in three different age groups – elementary school, middle school and high school. There were also games and trivia for the kids as well as an autograph session and group photo.


Jerome Levisy, Executive Director of the John Avery Boys and Girls Club is excited about this partnership with Hill, stating, “Education is essential to comprehensive youth development, and improving literacy skills serves as the foundation for success. I’m honored to partner with the Carolina Hurricanes and The Hill Center to deliver quality programs to the kids who need us most.” Beth Anderson echoed the same sentiment, stating, "We are so excited to partner with the John Avery Boys and Girls Club to enhance their education programming over the next three years. Jerome and his team are dedicated to helping Durham youth reach their full potential, and we are lucky to be able to work together to help their students succeed in school, and in life.  We are very grateful to the Hurricanes’ Kids ‘N Community Foundation for this wonderful support.”




Partnering, Reading, and Achieving together

Learn more about the impact of The Hill Center's work with Read to Achieve reading camps in Davie, Mooresville and Orange counties this past summer.



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