Building M - Title I
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Now it’s easier than ever to become a volunteer with the Albuquerque Public Schools thanks to a new online application process.
Call 505-843-READ (7323) today to volunteer or to make a donation, or email: AbqReads@abqchamber.com to find out how you can help. The more volunteer tutors we have, the more kindergartners we can teach to read!
The Albuquerque Reads Program was started by Albuquerque Public Schools and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. Albuquerque Reads is a program that involves adult tutors and kindergarten students at three APS elementary schools. The schools are: Atrisco Elementary School, Bel-Air Elementary School, and Wherry Elementary School. This program is in its 14th year.
The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce supports this program by soliciting monetary support from the business community and providing the tutors. There are approximately 600 tutors that volunteer at the three school locations. The tutors come from a variety of professional and non-professional back grounds. Many are retired educators. Title I supports this program by assisting in payment of salaries for the instructors and purchase of supplies. The site instructor at each school is assisted by an educational assistant.
Each kindergarten student is paired with a tutor. The lesson is 30 minutes in length and consists of three parts. The tutor is trained in the delivery of each lesson. The Albuquerque Reads instructor collaborates with each child’s teacher and then designs the daily lesson. The lesson provided is a continuation of the child’s lesson in the classroom. This allows reinforcement of the daily lesson. The materials used are individually tailored to meet the child’s needs. The tutor evaluates the progress of each lesson delivered. The Albuquerque Reads instructor will include the information from the tutor and from the child’s teacher to create the child’s next lesson. This program takes place three days per week at each school site and each tutor works with two students.
Since 1999 the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce has been committed to improving the local public education system through a defined focus on higher standards, increased accountability, teacher supports, community connections and common-sense governance. It has been noted that you can change a system all you like, but if a child cannot read, the world is closed to them.
Albuquerque Reads was launched to continue to support the Chamber's educational reform efforts. Dropouts decrease when children can read, graduation rates increase when children can read. Every child, not just some children, gets an education when children can read. Test scores improve, and when students graduate they are prepared to go to either the workforce or college.
You can support this effort by becoming a tutor.
Participating Elementary Schools in Albuquerque include:
Atrisco Elementary School:
1201 Atrisco Drive SW, 87105
(just South of Bridge & Atrisco)
M - T - W 9:00-10:30 am
Bel-Air Elementary School:
4725 Candelaria NE, 87110
(between San Mateo & Carlisle)
T - W - TH 9:30-11:00 am
Wherry Elementary School:
25000 E. Kirtland AFB, 87116
(off Gibson just past Louisiana)
M - T - TH 9:30-11:00 am