Literacy Mentoring 

BFK needs passionate volunteers interested in one year of 1:1 reading with a CCSD student for 1 hour a week. 

Books for Keeps alongside Creature Comforts Brewing Company’s Get Comfortable program, and Clarke County School District are partnering to increase the percentage of 3rd grade students reading at grade level at H.B. Stroud Elementary School from 40-70% during the forthcoming school year!

Up until 3rd grade, students are learning to read. From there, students read to learn.

Being behind in reading proficiency affects a child’s academic career far outside their reading scores. As a team, we aim to increase 2nd and 3rd grade reading proficiency by as much as 30% at our pilot school, H.B. Stroud Elementary School, as measured by the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) by May 2023. 

But how?

The program plans to accomplish this goal utilizing 2 different aspects of support: 

  1. providing high interest books in classroom libraries 
  2. coordinating 1:1 literacy mentoring, partnering local community members with a student for the duration of the school year to read and focus on meeting literary goals as set by the classroom teachers

What is Literacy Mentoring?

Literacy Mentoring is just one opportunity in a web of support provided to increase the reading proficiency of 2nd and 3rd grade students. Research shows that reading with a child for 30 minutes a day astronomically aids in reading proficiency. 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.

Every student in the program will receive a total of 27 hours of one on one time with their BFK Literacy mentor over the duration of their school year. Mentors can choose to reach the goal of 27 hours by coming to the school either:

  • TWO 30-minute sessions per week
  • ONE 60-minute session per week 

The literacy mentors will come into the school during the classes reading block to read and assist with related schoolwork. Below are the 2nd and 3rd grade classroom daily reading block schedules. 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. Future mentoring opportunities may include after school programming.

Books for Keeps is seeking volunteers who are:

  • Committed to a full school year of meeting with their mentee
  • Patient, non-judgmental, and capable of engaging with 2nd or 3rd grade students from a variety of backgrounds
  • Willing to attend an initial 5 hours total of training covering activities you will be assisting with in the classroom, the matching process, trauma-informed principles, ‘building your mentoring toolkit’, program schedule, and expectations
  • Consent to a background check through Clarke County School District

*Those with involvement in H.B. Stroud Attendance Zone will have priority, though that does not exclude anyone from our program. All our encouraged to apply!

Click here to review our Volunteer Position Description

Anticipated Timeline: 

  • Early August – Applications Open 
  • Late August – Mentor Trainings Begin (multiple trainings will be offered) 
  • As early as the week of September 12th – First cohort of literacy mentors are in the classrooms!

Meet the crew!

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If you have any questions, reach out to Books for Keeps Community Engagement Manager, Colleen Craven, at colleen@booksforkeeps.org.