Com­ing soon to Is­land schools

Ma­jor sum­mer tu­tor­ing pro­gram ex­pand­ing to year-round ef­fort

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - RELIGION / COMMUNITY -

The P.E.I. Lit­er­acy Al­liance will soon pi­lot its free long-run­ning, im­pact­ful sum­mer tu­tor­ing pro­gram dur­ing the school year.

The pro­gram, called Ready Set Learn, has run in the sum­mer for the past 18 years.

Al­liance ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jinny Greaves hopes the tu­tor­ing pro­gram will be­gin in Is­land schools by the end of Oc­to­ber.

Each sum­mer, 20 to 25 tu­tors have worked one-to-one with ap­prox­i­mately 800 ele­men­tary stu­dents who strug­gle in school. The suc­cess of the pro­gram has led to ex­pand­ing into a year-round free tu­tor­ing pro­gram for chil­dren.

Dur­ing the pi­lot year, four tu­tors, one in each fed­eral rid­ing, will work one-to-one with 18 chil­dren dur­ing each school se­mes­ter. By the end of the school year, 144 chil­dren will have ben­e­fited from the pi­lot pro­gram.

Next year, the Al­liance plans to grow the pro­gram to 800 chil­dren.

“The ex­pan­sion of the Ready Set Learn pro­gram is a ma­jor pri­or­ity for the Al­liance given the in­cred­i­ble ben­e­fit it de­liv­ers to schoolaged chil­dren who strug­gle,” said Lit­er­acy Al­liance Chair­man Jeff Mur­phy.

“By ex­pand­ing the pro­gram into a year-round ef­fort, we will be able to broaden our reach and help many more chil­dren with their read­ing and writ­ing, and by do­ing so sup­port teach­ers and par­ents by of­fer­ing an­other learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren who could use ex­tra help.”

The Ro­tary Lit­er­acy Foun­da­tion is con­tribut­ing $40,000 to the pi­lot project.

“We are thrilled to sup­port the Al­liance in this en­deavor and play a role in help­ing chil­dren get the lit­er­acy sup­port they need,” said foun­da­tion chair­man Gary Scales.

“We want to sup­port our Is­land chil­dren to be­come good readers. They will soon be our lead­ers. We need cit­i­zens with strong lit­er­acy skills for our Is­land to pros­per.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ro­tary Lit­er­acy Foun­da­tion chair­man Gary Scales, left, P.E.I. Lit­er­acy Al­liance ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jinny Greaves, and the Al­liance’s chair­man Jeff Mur­phy gath­ered to an­nounce a suc­cess­ful sum­mer tu­tor­ing pro­gram will be ex­pand­ing year-round.

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