Why donate to our Summer Literacy Tutoring Program? We’ve been asked this question a bit since putting up our fun donation board. And there are SO many great reasons to donate, but the most important ones have to do with our literacy tutors.
- Our tutors fill the gap between summer and school. They prepare lessons based on information gathered from the teachers, and also from their own first-day assessments of the students. They understand what the weaknesses are for each child, and help to fill in those spaces until the child goes back to school.
- They are support for parents. Parents are busy. And summer is no exception. Our tutors consult with parents before each and every lesson, after each lesson, and at the end of each week of tutoring. Parents need to know how to take what their children are learning and provide after-hours continuation activities of those lessons. They need to understand how to model good reading behavior, and to encourage proper reading habits. Our tutors prepare “homework” guidelines, provide books and extra reading lists, and answer any and all questions about their child’s reading progress. Parents can’t do it alone, and our tutors are there to ease some of the work.
- One on one tutoring works. Although the sessions with each student only last two weeks, the effects are long lasting. Our tutors offer a slower pace, a time for those new readers to really take in everything they’re learning. They have nightly homework which builds on the things they’ve practiced, and parents are given a summer guide to help them continue the progress until their children go back to school. Who wouldn’t love a study plan generated specifically for their child? And a long list of library resources can aid in that continued success. Parents leave with book suggestions and reading instruction that will make sure their child continues to LIKE reading.
- Tutors do more than just help with reading. They are cheerleaders and coaches. They are shoulders to lean on, and hands to hold. They are builders of confidence, and creators of interest. Often, they are the ones who HAVE the time to listen. It’s not just about building better readers, it’s about making friendships and making the library a place where a once-reluctant reader finds a home.
We offer 24 spaces for children in Kindergarten to Grade 3. While that might seem like a lot of tutoring, in reality, we could probably triple the number of spaces and still have a dire need in our community. Your generous donations make sure we have enough tutors, books, time, and continued support to our community children. Library budgets seem to grow tighter each year, and while this program is of the utmost importance to us, it isn’t always seen as a priority for those who might not have children in that age group. But these children in our community grow up to live and work in our area, and we love being on the early end of giving them the best start possible.
Want to help? Drop into the library and pick up a donation envelope. We’re doing well, but we still have plenty of envelopes to fill!