Sunday, October 7, 2012

Schools of Hope

The Schools of Hope program starts Monday, Oct 8, for the 2012-2013 school year. We have 27 volunteer tutors working with 28 first and second graders to improve their decoding and reading comprehension skills.

Schools of Hope is a United Way of the Wine Country project to help children build the reading skills to succeed in school. At the start of the 2010 school year, fewer than half of third graders in the six Santa Rosa elementary school districts were reading at grade level or above. Schools of Hope tutors provide  one-on-one half hour lessons that focus on phonics, blending sounds, learning sight words and reading skill level appropriate stories.

The stories come from the Treasures reading program at Yulupa. Once a week the stories are sent home with the student and are intended to be read at home to help reinforce their new skills. A little boost now, from teachers, tutors and parents can make all the difference in a child’s academic achievement.

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