Do you know about Reading Partners yet?? It is a fabulous organization, connecting adult volunteers with children who need help reading.
One of my hopes through getting volunteers to local schools via Girls 101 workshops, is that volunteers will fall in love with reaching kids and want to share their time even more, outside of our workshop time. My friend Laura volunteers with Girls 101, but now with Reading Partners also. Once she got into Sequoyah Elementary where we've held Girls 101 workshops, and met the children and saw the need, she was hooked. She started giving her time weekly to tutor a couple of children who need some extra help. I recently got to meet some ladies who head up this organization. I asked Laura to share a few words about her experience. If you love education, love to read and want to be part of the solution, this is an organization I'd recommend. I'll let Laura say it in her words:
If you are the kind of person who loves to read, enjoys spending time with children AND you feel drawn to do something very special.... someone is looking for you. There's an awesome program in place at a few local elementary schools called "Reading Partners". It's an educational non-profit organization that provides one-on-one literacy tutoring to students struggling with reading. As one of the volunteers I have been gifted with watching children develop a true love of books, reading and a more vibrant curiosity about learning. I have seen them go from bored to eager and from gloomy to confident. Ever thought that you could be a Hero? Through this program you can be a mentor, a leader, and a friend to a student in need. I encourage you to contact Jill Stillwagon at jill.stillwagon@
readingpartners.org or call 918-949-1979. I tutor at Sequoyah Elementary in Tulsa and would love to see you there. Laura Francis