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Posted: December 2, 2020

ABQ Reads

ABQ Reads was recognized for their donation to three Title 1 schools.

ABQ Reads donated and helped distribute books, lap desks, and school supplies to nearly 250 elementary students at Whittier, Atrisco, and Bel-Air elementary schools.

The ABQ Reads Tutoring Program is a partnership between the Albuquerque Public Schools Title I Department and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.  Every kindergarten student at each of three participating schools receives three 30-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions by a trained volunteer tutor.  Each session is designed by the site coordinator and the classroom teacher.  The site coordinator and teacher meet monthly to create a lesson plan that supplements the instruction.  The thirty-minute session is divided into three sections:  Guided Reading, Writing, and Skills Development.  During the 2019-2020 school year, ABQ Reads expanded at Whittier to include first-grade students.

This program is in its seventeenth year.  The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce supports this program by soliciting monetary support from the business community and providing the tutors.  The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce also provides 20+ books per year for students to add to their home library and holds an end of the year celebration to recognize tutors, teachers, and students at each site.  The District Title I Department funds the salaries of the ABQ Reads staff, student supplies, coordinator supplies, curriculum development, tutor training, and all necessary materials needed to implement the tutoring sessions.

Due to the pandemic, ABQ Reads looks a bit different this year.  Site coordinators are providing virtual tutoring sessions for students and are working closely with the classroom teachers to provide an ABQ Reads tutoring session for a specific group of striving students determined by the teachers. 

Thank you to the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, to Margarita Rodriguez-Corriere, the director of the ABQ Reads program, and to all the volunteers.  Thank you APS site coordinators, Sally Giannini, Marcia Huys, Shelley Tarter, and Julie Sena, and to Rebecca Arellano, the APS Title 1 instructional manager supporting ABQ Reads, and Beverly Martinez, the Title 1 resource teacher, who supports the ABQ Reads program.  The work and passion each of you brings to ABQ Reads is making a difference in the lives of students.