Hello APPLE families and previous Franklin reading tutors. Please consider contributing to APPLE and Franklin Elementary as a reading tutor this year. This email will explain the program, if you are unfamiliar, and let you know how to become involved. Remember, family members and close friends (grandparents, aunts and uncles, neigbors etc) make great reading tutors too. Perhaps you have someone in mind that would love to give their time. Please do not hesitate to contact me (Jennifer Swain) directly if you have questions at [email protected], or (509)990-7556.
What Is the Franklin Reading Tutor Program?
The reading tutor program at Franklin connects students who are struggling to read with a volunteer who acts not only as an instructor, but also as a role model and mentor. As a reading tutor, you will developed a unique and special relationship with a child, and get them on a path to reading for enjoyment and success. These are kids who do not qualify for special services, but need a bit more than the classroom work alone. You can turn a struggling student’s academic career around, and gain tremendous self-fulfillment in the process.
What is the time commitment?
It is best if you meet with your student twice a week for 30 minutes at a time. We pair you with a student that has an availability that coincides with yours. If you wish to take on more than one student, we will do our best to make your times back to back. Many parents align the 30 minute reading times with morning drop-off, afternoon pick-up, or a regular time they plan to work in their child’s classroom.
Because of the mentor role and benefits of consistency in learning, it is important that you make a solid commitment. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for occasional interruptions that are inevitable in life, but it does mean that you take seriously the impact it has on your assigned child.
Do I have the credentials?
The only credentials you need are a little patience, and a love of reading and children. We will provide you the training and tools you need to guide them along. Training sessions are 8 October and 19 November. Both are at 3:15-4:15 in the Franklin library and will last approximately 1 hour. They are not redundant, so please plan to attend both.
If you cannot attend the training, I would be happy to provide you the training individually.
You will also need to complete a security check with Spokane Public Schools. Chances are you have already accomplished this step. If not, we can make that easy for you.
How to become involved.
Please reply to this email if you are interested in becoming a reading tutor, and provide your name, email address, and telephone contact information, and availability (days/times of the week). I would also greatly appreciate a positive RSVP by this Tuesday if you will be attending the training. If you are a previous reading tutor, the training will be familiar, and although recommended, not absolutely necessary.
Thank you for all you do for APPLE as parents and volunteers.