Tutoring helps prevent ‘summer slide’ [UPDATED]Published 9:51am Thursday, July 25, 2013 Updated 11:56am Thursday, July 25, 2013
“[My daughter] is reading more at home on her own. Thank you!”
This was a response from one of the parents involved in this summer’s Extra Reading at the Library (ERL) Tutoring Program.
The program wrapped up last week and this was the 12th year the library hosted this popular and critical summer program. ERL is entirely funded by donations with in-kind assistance from library staff.
Each summer trained reading specialists experienced in working with students with reading challenges during the school year are hired at the public library.
The reading tutors work one-on-one each week with students who register for the free ERL program. Most of the students the tutors work with also receive reading help at their school during the school year.
As one of the reading tutors stated, several parents of the students talked to her about how the ERL tutoring program has helped their child read through the summer so he or she will not experience that dreaded “after summer” reading slump when they enter school again in the fall.
This summer 65 students participated in the ERL tutoring program. At the conclusion of the program, we asked parents of those students to respond to a short survey.
All of the survey respondents indicated that they felt receiving the extra reading help over the summer was either very helpful or helpful for their child, with 77 percent indicating the program was very helpful.
Answers to the question, “What was your child’s favorite part of the program?” included responses like: “She said ‘everything.’ She’s sad it’s over.” “Being able to read a lot —with confidence,” and “she loved it and needs the extra help in the summer.”
A number of parents thanked the sponsors for making the program possible and we at the library would like to extend that thank you as well.
Sponsors for this summer’s Extra Reading at the Library Tutoring Program include: Fergus Falls Community Education, the Floyd and Harriet Miller Endowment Fund, the Inga M. Johnson Endowment Fund, The Lundeen Family Foundation, Otter Risers Kiwanis and a number of individual donors.
Students who participate in the program also receive incentives for regular attendance.
The Fergus Falls City Bakery and Fergus Falls Pizza Ranch generously donate coupons for free goodies at their establishments as incentives. Thank you.
The Library’s annual Summer Reading Incentive Program and summer events for youth and teens wrap-up this week.
Remember to turn in your booklogs for great prizes.
Erin Smith, is the director of the Fergus Falls Public Library.