Thanks to the generosity of the Community Endowment Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Reading Window was awarded a grant and has completed the training of two additional tutors for their reading intervention program.
Gloria VanSkike and Lori Brooks are looking forward to working with students who are below their grade level in reading, and helping them make progress in word sight recognition, comprehension, and fluency while having fun at the same time.
The purpose of the Community Endowment is to improve the quality of life for residents of the CACF service area, which includes Louisa County. Since 1997, Reading Window School has successfully tutored over 300 students, primarily from Louisa County. The majority of these students came to the program as struggling readers and in six weeks became happy and enthusiastic readers. The nonprofit tutoring school specializes in bringing children up to their grade level in reading skills. Most students show reading improvement of at least six months after completing the program.
“When my Kindergartner first came to The Reading Window School, she was in danger of being retained and could not complete a page of reading,” said Amberleigh Powell, the mother of Abbi, a graduate of their literacy program. Six weeks later, Abbi was tested. Her final PALS test was 94 (her original score was 40). She went from not being able to read anything, to being able to read Level C books. She was promoted to first grade.”
For more information about their youth literacy program, please call Sherri Rosser at (540) 872-1998.