News 8's Lisa Klein tells us how this La Crosse program
is expanding in tonight's Assignment: Education report.
The program is called Read to Success.
and it takes place in the La Crosse School District.
I first introduced you to the program in March when
it was launched at Hamilton Elementary School.
the program is being rolled out again.
and it begins this week.
The idea behind Read to Success is to two-fold.
the program gives kids.
some additional vocabulary and comprehension help
by working with volunteers from partnering businesses.
And it's also a great way for kids to build a relationship
with those adult voluneers.
New this year.
three additional La Crosse elementary schools will
begin offering the program to students.
people will come in and follow a fairly scripted program
for reading instruction.
And it's not to replace instruction that a child would
receive with a teacher, but it's to enhance it."
The volunteers for the program are coordinated through
a partnership with the Great Rivers United Way.
L-H-I is returning this year to work with students
and volunteers from Kaplan and Dairyland Power will
be partnered with Northside, Emerson and Hintgen Elementary
The program at those schools will begin next month.
We believe that the program offers a unique opportunity
for our local businesses to get into the schools and
experience the school setting.
Also, we have lots of caring adults in those businesses
that want to spend some time with the kids and find
a way to give back.
From an academic perspective, it gives us the opportunity
to put tutors in front of
the kids and work with comprehension
All four elementary schools will each have about six
volunteer tutors that will work with twelve students
at each site.
The program currently focuses on third graders.