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August 22, 2014
Had Colorado Reading Corps been introduced in Cecil Gutierrez's elementary school, it's likely he would've been one of the children tutored through the program. Fortunately, the current Mayor of Loveland had some very creative teacherswho helped him discover his love for reading.
"My 5th grade teacher would choose the most exciting stories to tell. She'd get all the way to the exciting part, close the book and tell us to go to the library to read what happens next," Mayor Gutierrez reminisced.
United Way of Larimer County announced it's launch of Colorado Reading Corps in the Thompson School District at Loveland Lives United on August 21st. Colorado Reading Corps is a nationally replicated model that utilized AmeriCorps Members, trained in early intervention literacy strategies, to provide one-on-one tutoring to kindergarten through third grade students who are not reading at grade level. United Way will place 18 trained Members at 14 Loveland elementary schools during the 2014-2015 school year. Each of the 18 AmeriCorps Members will serve about 18 students daily, thus serving 400 students annually.
"The difference one person can make on a child's life is immeasurable. If we can do that with 400 kids, just this year, imagine the impact Colorado Reading Corps will have on our kids, their families and our community," said Lincoln Elementary School Principal Michelle Malvey. "Our kids can't have enough caring adults in their lives."
Colorado Reading Corps is funded through a state grant from Serve Colorado, as well as matching funds from United Way's Smart Start for Kids Initiative. The tutoring program has had great success in school districts throughout Colorado, including Jeffco Public Schools, Adams 12 Five Start Schools, Aurora Public Schools and Denver Public Schools.
"I'm very excited about Colorado Reading Corps coming to Thompson School District. The extra resources in the classrooms, through the Member support, will power the kids up and make them feel good about themselves," said Dr. Stan Scheer, Superintendent of Thompson School District. "That's what it's all about."
To help support Colorado Reading Corps and other early literacy programs, make a gift to Smart Start for Kids.
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