Support for Children & Schools
Kids, parents, and volunteers loved our Kingston after-school tutoring program for elementary students, which closed down along with the schools back in March. Several tutors have continued to visit the children’s neighborhoods bringing books, games and crafts, and staying to read or play together.
Across Ulster County school children are affected by pandemic-related disruptions, including the 16 % of kids whose home language is Spanish. UIDN knows district personnel are working to ensure students and staff are safe and that instructional methods are effective. And, we’re looking for ways to help.
UIDN volunteers in New Paltz have designed and launched Reading Together, an online one-on-one program for elementary-aged students. The school district and its English as a New Language (ENL) teacher-specialists helped get the project up and running.
For the first session, volunteers visit students and their families in person. Thereafter, sessions are online. Adult and child read together in English with books they each have a copy of. Reading Together is designed to be effective whether the student is learning is online or in a conventional classroom.
Though English language learners (ELLs) may be managing well in Ulster County schools, the opportunity for one-on-one attention to reading skills can be invaluable for boosting both skills and confidence. While the project is still small, but it may grow as parents see results.
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