Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PowerUp! Volunteers Boost Student Reading

PowerUp! Logo Power Up! is a pilot tutoring program for third grade students who need an additional boost in reading. Parent and community volunteers have been using the Power Up! program at Whitman, Lee, Sherman, Bayview Terrace, and Fletcher elementary schools, working one-on-one with students for six weeks on decoding strategies, high frequency words and fluency. The 36 Power-Up coaches volunteered more than 400 hours, working with 70 students. Fluency -- the number of words read correctly in one minute -- grew by as much as 30 words per minute. Automaticity -- recognizing words at sight as opposed to sounding them out -- increased for high-frequency words; students responded faster and with increased confidence. Volunteers reported a positive experience for students. As one volunteer noted: “It was wonderful to be a part of this child’s learning process. It is life changing for the student and for myself.” For more information, please contact Ellen Tiffany, community relations manager, at (619) 725-5592 or .