FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2012
United Way, MMSD Seek Schools of Hope Tutors
United Way of Dane County and the Madison Metropolitan School District announced today that they are seeking tutors to work with students this summer through the Schools of Hope program.
“Tutors have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of our students,” Superintendent Dan Nerad said. “We know that third grade is a key time in a student’s education, which is why we’re putting a full court press on third grade reading. Tutors play a critical role in increasing reading proficiency and preparing students for the next school year.”
Educational research shows that third grade is a crucial point in a student’s education, as well as an indicator of future success. Research also indicates that one-on-one tutoring, in concert with the teacher’s curriculum, over time makes a measurable difference for students.
“The personal attention given to students by the Schools of Hope tutors allows for improved academic success,” Leslie Ann Howard, President & CEO of United of Dane County. “This supports our community’s Agenda for Change goal of helping all students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.”
At each visit, tutors lead one-one-on reading activities that are coordinated with the student’s summer school curriculum. Students not only hone their reading skills with the help of a tutor, but they also receive a copy of each book they work through together.
Tutors agree to commit to one hour on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons during the summer session which runs from June18 thru July 27. All tutors will be trained and have support of MMSD during tutoring sessions.
Anyone interested in being a tutor can sign up by emailing email@example.com or by calling 441-7895. A tutor training session will be held on June 5 from 1:00p.m. TO 3:00 p.m. At that time tutors will also complete paperwork including a background check, meet with a coordinator, and be assigned to a school. A make-up session will be held on June 19.
Formed in 1995, Schools of Hope is a unique collaboration of MMSD, the United Way and local area non-profit agencies serving children and youth. Its mission is to work with school staff to increase the academic performance of students of color and those from low-income families.
Community Based Tutoring Sites
United Way is also recruiting tutors to work with students at several Community Based Tutoring sites located at Northport Community Learning Center, Packers Apartment Community Center and the Boys and Girls Club. If you are interested in tutoring at one of these sites contact Kathy Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 262-4373.
Our Community’s Agenda for Change
- Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
- Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.
- There is a decrease in family homelessness.
- There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.
- People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
- Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.
United Way engages our community mobilizes volunteers and strengthens local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.
United Way of Dane County
United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County.