CULTIVATING STUDENT’S LOVE OF READING

SPECIAL FOR THE AJT

Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) – Atlanta Section, The Atlanta Jewish Coalition for Literacy (AJCL) is a sector of the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, a nationwide effort committed to helping children learn to read by the end of 3rd grade. AJCL’s mission is to inspire children in grades K-3 with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success.

AJCL recruits, trains, places, and supports volunteer reading tutors in Title 1 public elementary schools throughout metro-Atlanta. School liaisons select children who are below grade level in reading skills and would most benefit from the individualized attention and support received by a tutor. Tutors work one-on-one with students for the entire school year. The tutoring session is limited to thirty minutes per student each week.

NCJW provides supplies to the tutors as well as access to a children’s book library located in its Sandy Springs office. Tutors choose books to read with their students and, once mastered, they are gifted to the children.

Reading tutors have a significant positive impact on their students as they talk and read together. Their teachers report improvement in test scores, increase in overall confidence, interest in reading for pleasure and greater class participation. Children learn the pleasures of reading and volunteers experience the thrill of helping students love to learn.

Editor’s note: For more information on becoming a volunteer tutor, contact NCJW at 404-843-9600 or kimu@ ncjwatlanta.org. Donations to the AJCL can be made online at www. ncjwatlanta.org or by calling the number listed above. The AJCL also accepts new or gently used children’s book donations and school supplies.