Sharing the Joy of Reading

Sunnyside grade 5 and 6 students participating in our weekly Elementary Tutoring Program took a break from routine and ventured down to the Haskell Free Library this week. The students, Phelps volunteers, and our program coordinator were graciously welcomed by the Librarian and the new Youth Programs Coordinator. After a brief tour of the historic library, which is famous for being in both the USA and Canada, students had the opportunity to select books to take out to enjoy during Phelps sessions. The Haskell team was eager to learn more about the reading interests of our students to inform their youth book collection. To end the visit, Connie, the Haskell Youth Coordinator, gathered the kids together to share a fun and engaging story about a very curious fly.


The Stanstead area has so many beautiful and historical places to visit, like the Haskell Free Library, and Phelps is always grateful to partner with these organizations and show our youth all that our wonderful corner of the Eastern Townships has to offer. 


Opportunities with Phelps Helps

For a second year, the Lampe Foundation and Phelps Helps are teaming up to offer two unique awards to graduating high school students who participate, or have participated, in Phelps Helps. Applications can be completed by level 5 students planning their postsecondary education in the fall. The application form can be found at and is due by May 10th. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for recognition and little extra cash towards your studies.


The Lampe Foundation, an affiliate of CFUW Sherbrooke & District, was established in 1993 and aims to support the education of community members and encourage the continuation of studies. They offer a variety of scholarships throughout the year, including three in collaboration with Phelps Helps.


Phelps Helps is hiring a student for a Summer Program Assistant position! We are looking for a high school graduate planning to pursue (or currently pursuing) a degree in Education, Recreational Studies, Children’s Psychology, or the like. This position would start on June 10th and run for 10 weeks. Check out the application on our Facebook page or contact us for more information.


Egg hunt brings out 50 children and their families

On Saturday April 20th, 50 children and their families came out - despite the rainy weather - to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt at the Colby-Curtis Museum. The egg hunt took place outside and was followed by snacks baked by the museum, games, a raffle and crafts inside the solarium of the museum. Children enjoyed taking photos with the Easter Bunny, listening to stories selected by our Family Literacy coordinator, and receiving books to add to their home collections.


This event was a special collaboration between Haskell Free Library, Colby-Curtis Museum and Phelps Helps. Thanks to the help of many volunteers, including some of Phelps’ high school participants, the day went off without a hitch. We can't wait to do it again next year!