Fourth Annual Appreciation Ceremony
was held on May 20, 2015 at the Black Hawk College CEC
See More Appreciation Ceremony Pictures to the right
To the 2015 Governor's Volunteer Award Winners for the Northwest Region
Ashlee Werkheiser & Etta LaFlora
Dorothy Miaso, Executive Director Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, Etta LaFlora, award winner-Executive Director Sunshine Community Services Center and AmeriCorps member, Ashlee Werkheiser, award winner-freshman Wethersfield High School, Deb Sundberg, Program Coordinator-Jump Start Program
(see link to the right for more pictures from Governor's Volunteer Award Ceremony)
Thanks to Walmart,Save-a-Lot,
Community and surrounding areas
for supporting our
Spring Tag Days Fundraiser
April 3-4, 2015
Because of you, we raised $1,179.00
Tutoring Sessions are held at both schools (4) days per week
Central Jr. High School 215 E. Central Blvd. (3:00 - 4:15) Mon. - Thurs.
Wethersfield Jr. High School 439 Willard St. (3:00 - 4:15) Mon. - Thurs.
Volunteers are always needed..
To enroll your child in our program
To become a volunteer tutor
For more information please call (309) 853-7751
Etta LaFlora accepting a donation from Kristin Roberts Executive Director at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
4th Annual Community Forum on Education
December 17, 2014 at the Black Hawk College CEC
The topic for this year’s forum was, “Educational Solutions to help our schools.” Dr. Chris Sullens-Supt. Kewanee Schools, Dorothy Miaso-Executive Director Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, Jason Anderson-Principal Central School, Etta LaFlora-Executive Director Sunshine Community Services Center, Jeremiah Johnston-Principal Wethersfield Jr/Sr. High School, Scott McFarland-Executive Director- Governor’s Serve Illinois Commission, Lucie VanHecke-Constituent Advocate-Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, David Harris-Coordinator-Black Hawk College CEC
Thanks to Ameren Illinois for your donation of $2,000
to support the Step Ladder Tutoring Program
is to provide comprehensive services to a diverse population within Kewanee, Illinois and surrounding areas in Henry County. These services include educational services and community empowerment and support programs.
is to enhance the quality of life for the children and families in our community and encourage community members to give back through the spirit of volunteerism.
Collaborative Efforts to help provide more services to youth and families in the community.
See Collaborations Link to the right...............
Summer Session Complete
July 8, 2014 - July 31, 2014
Kewanee Public Library 102 S.Tremont St.
see more pictures at link to the right
We completed our Spring 2014 Session of the
Step Ladder Tutoring Program
Annual Appreciation Ceremony
on Wednesday, May 21st at the Black Hawk College CEC
Thanks to all of our volunteers, supporters and staff for another great year!!.
See Kewanee Star Couier for newspaper article
Step Ladder Tutoring Program 2013
Thanks for the Support!!!!!!
$8,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities and $1,000 from Walmart Foundation support the Step Ladder Tutoring Program
Summer Session Pictures
Below are pictures from the 2013 Appreciation Ceremony
A special thank you to all who make this program a success: To the teachers, volunteers, schools for working with us and providing space for the program. To our board of directors and consultants for their expertise, encouragement and support. To all businesses and organizations that provided the funding, food, media coverage, gift cards or services to keep our program going. To the community for supporting our "Tag Days Fundraisers."
Thank you for helping us to help the children in our community.----Etta LaFlora
Program Pictures see more at links to the right
Since beginning the program in Feb. of 2012 to March of 2014
A Network of (35) Volunteers have provided (78) struggling students
with afterschool or summer tutoring services.
Thanks for the Support
If you have any questions or need additional information, please call us at
Other Major Funders
Ronald McDonald House Chairiies of Eastern Iowa awarded
$8,000 Grant in 2013
(see copy of article on Media Page Link)
Thanks to local businesses for donations to 2014 summer tutoring program.
Dan Rux - Rux Funeral Home
Rhonda Cernovich - Cernovich's Auto & Truck Wrecking
Wes Short - Keister's Tire & Battery Mike Galli - Factory Tire Outlet (FTO)
Creative Look Hairstyling - Diana Lewis
Other local businesses wishing to donate
Please call - we can pick up your donation
"Helping one child at a time."
see links to the right for more program pictures
We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports existing agencies and schools in our community.
Sunshine will provide a variety of educational support services and programs to children and families.
Our unique "team building" concept addresses the voids and gaps in society.
"Together we can get the job done."
We collaborate with existing educational, governmental and social service agencies to implement our programs, but we are a separate entity.
Any programs administered by our organization will be listed on this site (currently the Step Ladder Tutoring Program).
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By helping us, we can help others.
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