Story last updated at 9/26/2012 - 2:37 pm
The United Way of Southeast Alaska is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Coeur Alaska and the Juneau School District to help get all Juneau students reading at grade level by third grade.
Coeur Alaska is investing a generous $75,000 toward the education and future success of children by sponsoring the Volunteer Reading Tutor program.
To find the right people to help support language and literacy skills in schools, the United Way of Southeast Alaska will utilize its "Get Connected" community engagement and online volunteer management tool.
Once volunteers have been selected, the Juneau School District has developed a program to train volunteers with skills and materials and match them with children who can benefit the most from their time and caring attention.
This partnership sets the gold standard for meaningful volunteer work in our schools. The new Reading Tutor program identifies students in need of reading skill building, solicits and engages volunteers to serve as tutors, and provides training and recognition for the tutors. It gives community members a way to genuinely impact the lives of our students and families.
The team is committed to helping all students read at grade level by the completion of the third grade.
Literacy is a critical predictor of high school success or failure, as success in nearly every school subject depends on how well a student can read. Statistics show that 74 percent of students who are poor readers in third grade will never catch up. Regardless of career path, literacy is a fundamental requirement of young people to acquire employment suitable for sustaining a family and their health.
The Reading Tutor program trains volunteers on how to use instructional materials and gives step-by-step lesson plans to help get students on the path to literacy that is consistent with the teaching strategy being used in the classroom.
Tutor training offers instructional tips for teaching alphabet, phonological awareness, word decoding (phonics), high-frequency words, fluency, and comprehension. During two 30-minute sessions each week, reading tutors will provide students with reading practice, meaningful discussion on book content, simple reading instruction and confidence-building motivation.
The program is looking for volunteers who enjoy kids and want to have a meaningful impact on our community. Research proves that caring volunteers have the power to help students boost their reading achievement and put them on track for a bright future. Training and ongoing support is provided. Interested individuals can apply now to be a Reading Tutor for the Fall 2012 program and to be a part of the first training on October 10.