Optimists hear about literacy program

Optimists hear about literacy program


On July 6th, Lorie Kessenich, Program Director and Reading Specialist, spoke to the Sauk Prairie Optimist Club about the Inspire Literacy Tutoring Program. She was joined by Jessica Bare, one of local tutors in the Program. The impetus for the program was reading specialists in the school noting that their students would often lose their hard-won literacy advances over summer. Initial funding was obtained through the Culver Foundation, with several other businesses and individuals also contributing. Students receive nine weeks of one-on-one, with three 45-minute, intense tutoring sessions per week. Pre- and post-session assessments are made to ensure the students are making progress. In the first year of the program, 14 individuals, aged 8 to 46 years, all showed literacy growth – and not fallback – over the course of the session. Younger students narrowed literacy achievement gaps and adult students stated that they noticed daily tasks, such as reading road signs, completing forms, shopping, etc. being much easier for them. One mother of a student said her child picked up a book to read – for fun – for the first time! To maintain tax-exempt status, the Program is offered under the auspices of GraceWay Church. Scholarships cover the $1,350 cost of the program ($50 per session.) Questions can be directed to Lorie Kessenich/GraceWay Church (608-643-6064.) Donations are always welcomed. From left: Lori Kessennich, Inspire program director, Bart Mauch, SP Optimist Club president, and Pictured, Jessica Bare, Inspire program tutor on July 6 at the Jaybird Cafe.

On July 6th, Lorie Kessenich, Program Director and Reading Specialist, spoke to the Sauk Prairie Optimist Club about the Inspire Literacy Tutoring Program.

 

 


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