Wright To Read Mission
Wright to Read provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring & mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children in need, and collaborates with families, schools and community partners to create a comprehensive support network that guides each child to success.
Every child will have the necessary literacy skills to achieve success in school and in life.
Founded in 1979, Wright to Read started with just 3 students. Now we serve over 100 students each year. Our volunteers see improvement in reading, in school engagement and confidence, after one year of tutoring and mentoring. Our children are graduating with honors, going on to college, getting jobs out of high school and college to support their families.
How Do We Give The Gift of Literacy?
Wright to Read recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers who provide literacy tutoring and mentoring to elementary school students who are referred by Alexandria City Public School staff as reading one year below grade level.
We encourage long term relationships between the volunteer, student and student’s family. This school year, Wright to Read aims to serve 100+ students.
Students in the Wright to Read Tutor / Mentor Program work with their volunteer tutor for one our each week, usually in the public library, outside of school time. The tutoring sessions are literature based and volunteers work to help students develop a love of reading in addition to the ability to read.
Mentoring relationships continue to grow beyond the tutoring sessions with enrichment activities and events provide by Wright to Read.
Enrichment Activities To Support Reading
Wright to Read also provides enrichment activities for students and their tutors. We have Readers Take the Stage reading recitals, go on field trips, and celebrate the end of the school year with a picnic.
Promoting Literacy Through Special Projects
Wright to Read and Hooray for Books! co-host the Alexandria Story Festival. The festival invites popular authors to town to read to children, talk to children about reading and writing, and sign books. The festival is one way that we build excitement about reading.
This year, Wright to Read is working to help several schools host Book Swaps so that kids can start the summer with books in hands.
BFF stands for Books, Friends, and Fun and is a book group for girls in grades 6-8 and their mentors from Alexandria Mentoring Partnership Programs.