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Volunteer Christine with student Judit at Readers take the Stage.

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Leigh playing a game with student, Rhaeanna.

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Volunteers and students receiving a Dr. Seuss prize bag after finishing the reading challenge.

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Volunteer Kirsten and Eric at Reader take the Stage.

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Aidan reading with volunteer Diana.

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Students choosing books on field trip to Burgundy Farm.

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Raheem and volunteer Dan at an Alexandria Aces game.

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Cameron reading with volunteer Jimmy.

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Arianna and volunteer Lorene on a field trip.

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Volunteer Sandy with student Jamaya at our After School program.

We provide volunteer-based, sustained tutoring and mentoring relationships to Alexandria City school children in need.

Frank and Betty Wright created Wright to Read in 1979 because they believed in the power of literacy to transform lives and wanted to make a lasting difference for children in need in the City of Alexandria. Their legacy lives on through the scores of committed volunteer “tutor/mentors” who work every day toward our vision that – Every child will have the necessary literacy skills to achieve success in school and in life.

Our committed tutor/mentors, guided by literacy specialists, work with their student for at least one year and often for three years and longer. Their consistent, positive presence is an extraordinary gift to their students, and they tell us that they have received much in return.

Who do we serve? Wright to Read serves school-aged children in City of Alexandria Public Schools who test one year below grade level in literacy skills, with many 2 to 3 grade levels behind. The children we serve face many daily challenges; nearly all qualify for free or reduced lunch, over 50% are English Language Learners and nearly 25% of our students receive Special Education services.

How do we work? Wright to Read collaborates with families, schools and community partners to create a caring network that guides each child to success. School teachers, counselors and reading specialists refer students to us. Following volunteer recruitment, screening, and training, we match a student and tutor/mentor pair. After an assessment of a student's literacy challenges, our literacy specialists create an individualized tutoring plan, check-in periodically, and conduct a follow-up assessment to measure progress and identify areas for special attention. Our literature-based tutoring plan employs multi-sensory and more traditional teaching techniques. We help choose books that are just right for the student, books that are enjoyable and appropriate in content and reading level. Following weekly planning, Wright to Read volunteers work with their assigned student for one hour each week at a local library. We also provide fun and educational enrichment activities and field trips.

What difference do we make? 89 tutor/mentors provide 6,675 hours of volunteer literacy/tutoring and mentoring in the 2014/2015 school year. 93% of our students improved their literacy skills during the last school year, and 80% improved by one entire grade level.

Beyond improvement in reading, our volunteers see growth in confidence in school engagement and confidence, after one year of tutoring and mentoring. Dependable relationships are key to every child’s success, and the consistent weekly relationship between a student and a Tutor/Mentor makes a big difference. Our children are graduating with honors, going on to success in career and in life.

What sets us Wright to Read apart?

  • We supplement literacy tutoring with one-on-one mentoring relationships and enrichment activities for students and their families.
  • We teach families how to support their child’s education.
  • We encourage volunteers to work with students through middle and high school.
  • We provide high quality training and support to volunteers.
  • We base tutoring plans on students' interests to help them develop a love of reading and learning, in addition to strengthening literacy skills.

Please join us with a gift of literacy to Wright to Read.

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We provide volunteer-based, sustained tutoring and mentoring relationships to Alexandria City school children in need.

EIN: 371693086

Reports: Guidestar


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