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Reading Partner, Kristy Burnette, works with 3rd grade students to help increase their reading level.

Liberty Methodist is having a breakfast fundraiser this Saturday from 6:0010:00 am.  All proceeds will go to our Alexander County Reading Partners Program which helps 2nd and 3rd grade students at three elementary schools in Alexander County increase their reading level.

Please come and support this wonderful and much needed cause. There will also be story telling as well as pictures with Santa Claus for the kids. Community In Schools will also be raffling a chair donated by the kind folks at Craftmaster. 

Thanks in advance for your support!  Please contact April Oxentine for any questions or more details by phone at (828) 244-5645 or by email at aoxentine@alexander.k12.nc.us

We need your help to read!

Communities in Schools (CIS) in partnership with the Alexander County United Methodist Missional Network are excited to be working with and growing the Reading Partners Program in Alexander County. We are currently active at Taylorsville Elementary, Hiddenite Elementary and Stony Point Elementary schools. Reading Partners is a program in which volunteers from the community work with 2nd and 3rd grade students to help them learn invaluable reading skills.  The Reading Partners Program is in need of reliable volunteers at all three elementary schools.

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On Wednesdays Hiddenite Elementary meets from 12:05-12:35 pm and Taylorsville Elementary meets from 2-2:30 pm. Stony Point Elementary meets on Thursdays from 2-2:30 pm. All volunteers commit to spending 30 minutes each week tutoring a 2nd or 3rd grade student. In only 30 minutes a week, you can give a child the chance to significantly increase their reading levels and create an irreplaceable bonding experience for both the students and volunteers.
The Reading Partners Program supplies an easy guide to assist the volunteers in the tutoring process. To ensure the safety of the students, CIS completes a background check on all prospective volunteers. Volunteers will attend a short orientation before their volunteer work begins.  If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering for the Reading Partners Program, please contact April Oxentine by phone at (828) 244-5645 or by e-mail at aoxentine@alexander.k12.nc.us

CIS Welcomes New Volunteer Coordinator

With the New Year upon us, resolutions are at the forefront of many a mind!  Marketers are ready on the draw, and commercials abound for gym memberships, diet plans, smoking secession programs and the like – all for those resolved to become a healthier version of themselves in 2015.

Though these commercials may make it seem otherwise, all New Year’s goals are not necessarily fitness related.  Recent surveys have revealed a large number of individuals geared up to increase their education levels in the coming year. To the philanthropic end of goal-setting, a surprising number of people desire to give back to their community by volunteering more!

Communities In Schools is a great avenue to meet a goal such as this.   Recently, we welcomed a new Volunteer Coordinator for our Reading Partners program at Hiddenite and Taylorsville Elementary Schools.

 

April Oxentine joined us November 17th through NC Literacy Corps, and through her work with Reading Partners will be providing small group and one-on-one tutoring to 3rd graders at both sites. This tutoring, however, is not possible without volunteers.

Currently, we have 5 volunteers at Taylorsville (TES) and 8 volunteers at Hiddenite (HES). Both sites are always looking for more willing individuals to come read with these young learners. HES volunteers meet Mondays from 1:30-2:00 pm, and TES volunteers help on Wednesdays from 2:00-2:30 pm.

If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, please contact April Oxentine at 336-452-4367 for more information, or by email at aoxentine@alexander.k12.nc.us.

Volunteer Training at Hiddenite Elementary School

On Monday, September 22, 2014, Communities In Schools host our first “Reading Partners” volunteer training.  During the event, six new volunteer tutors were instructed in the usage and aspect of the Reading A to Z curriculum that will be utilized throughout the program.

Reading Partners is a direct result of a partnership between the Alexander Missional Network and Communities In Schools.  While CIS wrote a grant to NC Literacy Corps to have a volunteer join our team, Alexander Missional Network provided funding to support the initiative.

The program will take place at both Hiddenite and Taylorsville Elementary schools, and will focus on students in the third grade.  Sessions will be held  on Mondays at Hiddenite and Wednesdays at Taylorsville.  Each volunteer tutor will work directly with small groups of two to three students.

During the training, which took place at Hiddenite Elementary School, instructional coaches Brenda Siniard (HES) and Kelly This (TES) guided our six volunteers through the ins-and-outs of the work they will be doing with students.  Communities In Schools executive director Glendora Yarbrough also spoke with participants on best practices to implement as a volunteer.

There is always a need for more willing and able tutors for our Reading Partners program.  If you, or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, please contact Angie Yates by email or at 828-409-0231 today!

Reading Partners: A New Program for Elementary Students

Since coming under the Communities In Schools of Wilkes’ umbrella in 2012, we’ve been able to bring many exciting and innovative opportunities to our students here in Alexander County.  The 2014-15 academic year holds no exception to this continued growth and development, as support from donors, volunteers, and partnering agencies bring more and more programs into our school system.

We are especially excited to have expanded our demographic this year through the implementation of “Reading Partners.”  Made possible through the NC Literacy Corps, this program brings Communities In Schools into Alexander County elementary schools, enabling us to impact the lives of our students during a pivotal point of their academic careers.
“Reading Partners” will take place at Taylorsville and Hiddenite Elementary schools, and will match carefully screened, trained adult volunteers with elementary learners at each respective site.   These volunteers will spend time reading with students, guiding them through reading comprehension activities proven to improve their performance in school.

Studies have shown that a student is set on the path to either graduate or drop out by the time he or she reaches the third grade.  Similarly troubling, youth retained in grade become increasingly more likely to drop out than their peers performing at grade level.  

CIS is sure to see a decrease in retention, a decrease in dropping out, and an increase in on-time graduation by intervening at this earlier age. To reach this goal, however, we will need your help!  If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering with “Reading Partners,” please contact Angie Yates by email or at 828-409-0231 today!