MY MOM LEFT A LEGACY OF

LITERACY
& ACHIEVEMENT

We’re Restoring That Legacy Because Their Success IS Our Future

MY MOM LEFT A LEGACY OF

LITERACY
& ACHIEVEMENT

We’re Restoring That Legacy Because Their Success IS Our Future

We are Now Accepting 21-22 After-School Applications

Donate To The Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation

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At the core of the legacy was nurturing curiosity through reading and telling stories together.

Let’s pass it on …

Programs

Our M.A.S.T.R. Kids Programs – Math, Art, Science, Technology & Reading – nurture curiosity and a love of learning with Literacy and STEAM curriculum that develops both sides of the brain!

After-School
Program

Research shows that out-of-school time programs like M.A.S.T.R. Kids have a positive effect on reading and math achievement!

Summer
Program

During the summer months, students typically lose 8 to 12 weeks of learning, unless they are provided with academic enrichment.

Apply
Today

We want to work with students on an ongoing basis and we give preference to students enrolled in one program and seeking to participate in the other.

About Us

Hi, I’m Bridgette. My father and I created the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation (SPPF) alongside family members and close friends of my mom (especially Angela Collins and Gladys McNeil). We acted because my mom implored us to “DO SOMETHING” to help improve education outcomes for children in our community.

Impact

%
of students avoid
summer learning loss
%
of students advanced a full grade
level in eight weeks!
6 %
of students demonstrated learning gains
in reading this summer

“I AM a Reader — I learned 300 new words this summer!!”

Ways You Can Help

Donate

Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!

Volunteer

Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!

Become a Partner

Sponsor a student for the summer $2000; pay for a writing class $50. Anything you can afford helps us close the achievement gap for students!

Latest News

Children’s Literacy & Grade-Level Reading

Bridgette Heller, Co-Founder and Volunteer CEO of the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation, shares her passion for reading that was instilled at a young age, and why it lead her to create the M.A.S.T.R. Kids program, one of four children’s literacy programs funded by the Juvenile Welfare Board. Bridgette also shares how her organization has had to pivot to serve children during COVID, and how important relationships have been during these challenging times.

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Featuring Future Leaders: Meet Isaiah & Kourtney

Meet Isaiah Tell us a little about yourself. I am Isaiah, and I am a preteen. I live with both my parents and four siblings. I am in the 7th grade. I attend church regularly and I admire our pastor. The position I play on my Varsity Pee Wee football team is defensive tackle. I

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Our Sponsors

SPPF is extremely blessed by many donors who contribute regularly to enable the important work of the M.A.S.T.R. Kids programs.
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Keisha Snead

SPPF Academic Leader

B.S. in Elementary Education,Cum Laude, FAMU 1996

I have served 24 years within the Elementary school setting in various instructional roles.  I have also served as the Mentor Coordinator for new and returning teachers. 


I have led professional development for faculty at several schools within Pinellas County.  I have coached colleagues in the understanding and delivery of the standards of reading and writing.  My love for learning is what drives my passion for teaching.  When I look into the eyes of a scholar who needs me, that is where I find my passion!