Reading To Succeed

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Raeann Hill's fifth grade class is like most others, but while the school is not classified as high risk, under the No Child Left Behind Act, there are still students who get left behind when it comes to reading.

"We have so many kids that don't read at grade level at our school and a lack of volunteers. So, I don't have someone pulling them just to practice reading with them. So, when they're in a small group setting, they get that one-on-one attention. I have more time. I have an hour with five students, instead of 20 minutes with five students."

47-percent of the elementary students in the after school program were at reading level by the end of the four sessions that fun six weeks long... and 10-percent were actually able to test above grade level by the end of the tutoring.
A non-profit community led group that focuses on the needs in our local education is responsible for the After School Literacy Tutoring program.
Fred Boyd says they saw a need in the community and decided to help.

"There were some elementary schools that were getting federal funding for literacy programs. These were the greatest at risk schools, the highest free lunches and highest minorities.... they're getting help. So, we're not going to help them, but we'll take the next ten schools."

The foundation raised 300-thousand dollars to fund teacher's pay, supplies, and transportation for the students who need to stay the extra time after school.

"If you can get them up to their grade level by the time they reach the third grade, all the research shows their chances of staying at that level each year is much greater."

Hill agrees, saying the success affects the students in all of their classes and learning development.

"Whether they made growth or not, they had confidence in themselves as a reader. So, that is a successful program."