VERO BEACH– Former AOL President and Vero Beach Resident, Ray Oglethorpe, announced today that The Learning Alliance is offering a free Summer Scholars Program that will train volunteers from the community to teach reading. The 40 trainees range from teachers to retirees to dedicated volunteers from the North County Boys and Girls Club, Dasie Hope, and the Gifford Youth Activity Center. The Learning Alliance Summer Scholars will provide 30-hours each of supervised tutoring to 75 children at locations throughout Indian River County. The children chosen to participate in the program will have access to six weeks of daily one-on-one reading instruction.The program is vital to maintaining and improving reading levels, because children slip in their reading abilities during the summer after leaving the formal learning environment. Low income children are especially susceptible because they often do not have access to suitable reading materials, and by the end of elementary school these children can be two or more years behind their peers in terms of literacy. The Learning Alliance is a Vero Beach non-profit dedicated to helping schools improve student performance by providing access to best practices in teaching and learning.
For more information or to donate to The Learning Alliance, visit www.TheLearningAlliance.org.