Submitted by Reading Power
Reading Power is on the move – growing, expanding, and improving its dynamic literacy program. The organization’s 11-year history of one-to-one literacy tutoring in North Chicago has allowed Reading Power to continually refine its program.
Reading Power is thrilled to announce that it is working with Zion Elementary District 6 to pilot a program at Beulah Park Elementary School this fall. Reading Power has a history of effective expansion and is well positioned to tutor more students in Lake County. The group is offering the program to districts like Zion while strengthening its long-standing support to North Chicago students. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer literacy tutor in Zion or North Chicago needs to complete a tutor application at www.readingpowerinc.org/tutor-application-18.html.
Reading Power has also been awarded a generous grant from the United Way’s Woman’s Leadership Council Philanthropy Committee to develop a Reading Power pre-kindergarten curriculum in North Chicago. This allows the program to reach and teach students even earlier and enhance their impact through early intervention.
Reading Power’s tutoring program serves low-achieving children attending elementary schools, and offers individual tutoring to students to accelerate their literacy learning early – before they have a chance to fail. Since 2003, Reading Power has tutored over 1,700 kindergarten, first, and second grade students in North Chicago. The effective, efficient literacy curricula utilizes over 190 trained volunteer tutors under the guidance of reading professionals.
North Chicago CUSD 187 is working with the Illinois State Board of Education to improve educational opportunities for all students.
For the 2014-15 school year, the district is restructuring to grade level centers and closing two elementary schools. Reading Power is working closely with the district to ensure that it is able to provide one-to-one tutoring for at least 200 deserving students. This is a challenge due to space requirements, but the program is evolving to meet the needs of the North Chicago students, teachers, and community. Reading Power is honored to be working with the district and other community partners, such as North Chicago Community Partners, Bernie’s Book Bank, and The Abbvie Foundation.
To support this growth and maintain such high quality educational programs, Reading Power has implemented several organizational changes. Kathy McFarland, PhD. has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Reading specialist Rebecca Mullen, MSEd., is Executive Program Director, and Amelia Hanrahan has been hired as Director of Development. These changes allow the organization to focus on programming and address the growing needs for administration and fundraising.
Reading Power is excited by these opportunities to impact more students through expanding programs in Lake County and broadening its impact within North Chicago. To learn more about Reading Power or to make a donation, please visit: www.readingpowerinc.org.
New and returning tutors are invited to attend Reading Power’s annual Organizational Meeting on Wednesday, August 27 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 Sheridan Road, Lake Forest. Reconnect with Reading Power friends and hear about tutoring opportunities in North Chicago and Zion, while learning more about all the exciting Reading Power news. Light breakfast refreshments will be served.