Founded in 1979 by Frank and Betty Wright, 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.
How do we help? Wright to Read is an out of school time program. Tutoring is literature-based and capitalizes on the child’s interests to develop a love of reading, along with literacy skills. Our volunteer tutor/mentors (who are carefully screened, trained and supported by literacy specialists) work 1:1 with their students for a minimum of one year, most stay with their students for three years and some work with their student through middle and high school. One-hour weekly tutoring sessions, typically held in the public library, are just the beginning. Dependable relationships are key to every child’s success. Our tutor/mentors are cheerleaders, role models, and trusted friends for their students, and we support them in these roles with fun and educational enrichment activities such as our “Readers Take the Stage” recitals, field trips, a winter holiday dinner and end of school year picnic. When Wright to Read works with a child, we also extend a helping hand to the family. They join our events, and we work with parents 1:1 and in small groups to aid them in navigating the school system and advocating for their child. Some ask us to tutor their other children. Many parents have literacy challenges of their own, and some with poor English language skills cannot read in their home language.
Enrichment Activities To Support Reading
Wright to Read has co-hosted an Alexandria Story Festival with Hooray for Books!, which has brought popular authors to town to read from books, and talk to children about reading and writing, We have also partnered with schools on book fairs, as well as end of school year book swaps to provide summer reading material.