Help Local Youngsters With Their Families Go to the Head of the Class! The Literacy Center of Milford To Launch Two SUPERSTAR Literacy Programs
for Students & their Families
Nov. 26, 2013, Milford, CT -- The Literacy Center of Milford is currently looking for volunteers to participate in the Center’s two new “SUPERSTAR” child-focused literacy initiatives: the SUPERSTAR Reader After-school and SUPERSTAR Family Literacy Night programs. If you’re motivated, ready to read aloud and open up the imagination of a child whose reading skills need strengthening, or are prepared to engage family members in their child’s learning activities, please consider these rewarding opportunities.
“The Center can supply the books, reading-involved games, and activities, as well as a safe and fun place in which to read for a child who requires extra coaching -- either individually or together with family members,” says Tami Jackson, the Center’s executive director. “All we need are enthusiastic volunteers with gusto to read and willing to devote their energy and time for several hours a week in taking kids to their next literacy step.”
Specifically, the SUPERSTAR Reader After-school Program focuses on the individual middle school-age student who struggles with reading, and requires additional instruction. After-school “reading time” will be from 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm on Monday thru Friday at West Shore Middle School.
The SUPERSTAR Family Literacy Night Program engages both family and student together, underscoring research-backed evidence that literacy begins in the home. "Parents and family members are a child’s first teacher, and this program literally drives home this message,” says Ms. Jackson. “We bring parents or family members into a student’s world of books, storytelling, and educational play so that they will be able to incorporate this learning experience in their daily routine at home.”
The family program will be held on a designated weekday evening in February 2014 at the West Shore Middle School. During the course of a 90-minute session, families and their kids rotate between a variety of specialized activity-based stations, which include book talk, game board, task-performance reading, and story telling venues.
All prospective volunteer tutors will be interviewed by the Center’s staff. No prior experience is required for this role. Also, staffers will be available at all times to assist volunteers for both programs.
The Literacy Center of Milford is a non-profit organization that provides services at no cost to any individual who wishes to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives in our community. Every day, the Center and its dedicated team of volunteers are improving the lives of its students by providing the educational foundation needed to function fully as U.S. citizens, as well as in preparing them for the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) exam. The Center is part of the Syracuse, New York-based ProLiteracy network of adult basic education and literacy programs. (Go to www.ProLiteracy.org and www.NewReadersPress.com.)
For further information on the Center’s new Superstar Child Reader After-school and Superstar Family Literacy Night tutoring programs call weekdays between the hours of 9 am - 3 pm at 203-878-4800.
So reach out, get ready to read, and turn a challenged student into a superstar!