LINK's Volunteer Tutoring Program

Tutoring Students One-on-One

"One Hundred Years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money was in my bank account nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child." Excerpt from "Within My Power" by Forest Witcraft.

LINK Tutors make a difference in the academic performance, self-esteem, and lives of the kindergarten children they help. Our volunteers at the Corinth Elementary School are men and women, parents and grandparents; 64% of them were at one time employed as educators, and half are former Corinth School District teachers. Each September since 2012 the school has identified incoming kindergartners who could benefit from one-on-one help to improve their kindergarten readiness skills. They are assigned to LINK Volunteer Tutors who meet them at school during regular school hours. One hour or more each week the tutor works with the two assigned students, one at a time, to enhance their individual learning needs as prescribed by their teacher.

RESULTS:

Students from all walks of life are benefiting from LINK's Volunteer Tutoring Program. Analysis demonstrates that schools with tutoring/mentoring programs show a marked improvement in the state-required MCT2 examination reading scores. Both our tutors and the teachers report significant progress in the reading readiness of the students who participate. Students are responding well to the extra individual attention shown to them by our trained volunteers.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LINK VOLUNTEER TUTOR SHOULD CONTACT THE CORINTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

 HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM:

Alcorn and Corinth District volunteers began reading to children in grades K-3 in 2003 when LINK joined the Barksdale Reading Institute's Volunteer Tutor Program. During 2007 Barksdale determined that the program was most effective at the K- 1st grade levels and Alcorn County's grant began funding their mentoring program. Corinth then focused on volunteer readers in K and 1st grades, leading to kindergarten only skill building at the current elementary school in 2012.

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

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