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MORRIS - About one-fifth of Minnesota third graders fail to reach a basic level of literacy. One of the major goals of the Minnesota Reading Corps program is to be sure that all students are successful readers by the time they leave third grade, the year when students shift from learning to read to reading to learn.
Minnesota Reading Corps tutor Danielle Doublette enjoys being part of the first school experience for preschoolers at Elizabeth Hall International Elementary School in Minneapolis, and especially loves watching the little ones bloom.
Lisa Kruse, director of McGregor Community Education was proud to announce, "Great news! McGregor is a Minnesota Reading Corps Site for 2012-2013."
"As a literacy tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps, I can’t wait to get to school in which I tutor. How often can a person claim that? After I left my job to complete my bachelors’ degree, I took a leap of faith and quit. I finished my degree then earned my master’s in public and nonprofit administration and went searching for my next 'calling.'"
One program, 25 members, four schools. Fast forward nearly 10 years and the makeup of Minnesota Reading Corps (MRC) is completely different than when it first began...
Hope Krohn recalled the anxiety that struck her as she listened to fellow Edina High School seniors buzz about their college plans. Although she had been accepted at Winona State University, anticipating college left her feeling confused, exhausted and stressed -- before she had even gotten her high school diploma.
When Mai Lo's six year-old son finished his first year with a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor, the St. Paul mother could not believe how much he had blossomed...
"I have spent the last ten months of my life in a flurry of excitement. I spent this past school year working with kids at Sheridan Global Arts and helping them learn. I have to admit, it's tough to sustain such a level of excitement when you know that your responsibility is to change lives."
"Being a literacy tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps was an unbelievable experience for me this past 2011-2012 school year. This program is a division of AmeriCorps that places literacy tutors in schools all over our state with the goal of helping every Minnesota student become proficient in reading skills by the end of third grade."
Becky Spitzack is in her fourth year of membership with Minnesota Reading Corps in the Faribault elementary schools. As a Reading Corps tutor, she has spent the last three years working at Roosevelt and Jefferson Elementary Schools, working one-on-one to help students improve their reading skills.