Literacy Mentoring 

The BFK Literacy mentor program partners with Creature Comforts Brewing Company’s Get Comfortable program, and Clarke County School District to engage the community in creating excitement around reading and forming supportive relationships to collectively help increase the number of 2nd and 3rd-grade students at H.B. Stroud Elementary School who are reading on grade level.  

How is it going so far?

The first group of Literacy Mentors entered the school on Monday, September 19th, 2022. Below is a summary of the impact that has been made in just two months. Imagine what these numbers could look like by the end of the school year!

What is Literacy Mentoring?

 Literacy Mentoring is the pairing of a community member with a 2nd or 3rd-grade student for the duration of the school year, with time spent reading and working on reading activities in the classroom.

Research shows that reading with a child for 30 minutes a day astronomically aids in reading proficiency. The goal is to have every student in the program receive a total of 21 hours of one on one time with their BFK Literacy mentor over the duration of their school year. Mentors can choose to support the goal of 21 hours by committing to a regular schedule to visit with their student(s) during their reading block. Literacy Mentors are not asked to stay for the entirety of the reading blocks, rather they are the windows in which mentors are permitted in the classroom to meet for 30 or 60 minutes.


Interested in becoming a Mentor? 

At this point, we have closed the applications to become a mentor in Fall 2022. However, fill out our interest form and we will let you know when applications open for the second semester!

Anticipated Timeline: 

  • Early August – Applications Open 
  • Late August – Mentor Trainings Begin (multiple trainings will be offered) 
  • September 19th – The first cohort of literacy mentors are in the classrooms
  • October 21st – Applications close for the fall semester
  • January 2022 – Training sessions begin for Literacy mentors interested in starting in the 2nd Semester

Meet the crew!

Additional Resources:

If you have any questions, reach out to Books for Keeps Community Engagement Manager, Colleen Craven, at