You can help fulfill children’s dreams

The One to One reading program could use tutors to help children in elementary schools with literacy.

  • Jan. 3, 2017 7:00 a.m.
Ona Beattie

Ona Beattie

If you’d like to help children to succeed in school and realize their dreams, consider participating in a unique children’s literacy program.

With the help of caring community members, the Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS), in partnership with School District #83, is providing literacy support to students who are struggling with their reading

One to One reading provides one-on-one tutoring to children in elementary schools during regular school hours. Trained community volunteer tutors work with students who are identified by their teachers as needing a boost in their literacy skills. Typically, each student spends approximately 30 minutes two to four times a week with a volunteer tutor. Children chosen for the program receive little or no additional literacy support. One to One provides these children with an opportunity to practise their reading in an environment where it is okay to take risks, make mistakes and learn at their own pace.

This fall, One to One ran at 14 out of 16 elementary schools in School District #83 with more than 125 One to One volunteer tutors. The students received a great gift from their tutors – the gift of time and caring.

Many of the tutors are snowbirds, so the program has spaces to fill for the next session. If you are interested in becoming a One to One tutor, the commitment is 1.5 hours per week for 10 weeks.

The spring session starts Feb 6, 2017. A three-hour training sessions for all volunteers is mandatory and is being offered in Salmon Arm on Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon.

To sign on as a volunteer or for further information, contact Darcy Calkins, literacy outreach coordinator, at 250-463-4555 or admin@shuswapliteracy.ca.