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BBE Schools/Reading Corps Looking for Two Good People

posted May 16, 2018, 12:22 PM by llloyd@bbejaguars.org

While students at BBE Elementary & Jaguar Kid Connection are ready for summer break, I’m thinking ahead to when they return to our classrooms. Our teachers do a fabulous job reaching every student, but can’t always provide the one-on-one support every child needs. Fortunately, our school partners with an early literacy program called Minnesota Reading Corps that helps our students get on track to be successful readers by the end of third grade. And I know that it works. 

We’re looking for two people to join us for the 2018-19 school year, August-June.  

Reading Corps tutors work with classroom teachers and target one-on-one daily practice to students in need of a boost in reading skills. They work on specific interventions such as letter identification, letter sounds, reading fluency and comprehension. Students are monitored weekly to check their growth over time.  

As the principal of BBE Elementary I’ve seen the difference that Reading Corps makes for our kids. Children who struggle to read at an early age have a really hard time catching up to their peers and often fall behind in all subject areas if they don’t get the help they need. Reading Corps tutors give them the individualized instruction they need to succeed.

Tutors are AmeriCorps members who commit to serve the students and schools in their community. In return, they receive a modest living allowance and an education award to pay tuition or repay qualifying student loans. Tutors come from a variety of backgrounds – they are recent graduates, parents, retirees and veterans.

When our students return from break, I hope there’s two more people at our school to greet them – two Reading Corps tutors. I’d encourage anyone who is looking to make a meaningful difference to contact abby.fragodt@servetogrow.org to learn about joining at our school or others in the area. 

Mr. Gossen, Principal

BBE Elementary