Creek County Literacy Program asks area citizens to become Caring Grands Reading Program tutors

(SAPULPA, OK – August 29, 2022) According to the National Assessment of Educational Process (NCES), too many children leave elementary school with reading skills inadequate for the next level of instruction. The report goes on to say, “We must provide these children who are behind with reading instruction that is more intensive, more explicit, and more supportive than can be provided by one teacher with a class of 20 or 30 children – and we should provide that extra support early, preferably in first grade.”

Creek County Literacy Program collaborates with area elementary schools by providing tutoring to struggling readers. 
Caring Grands tutor one-on-one with eligible first and second graders, equipping them with tools to become successful readers before entering third grade. Caring Grands meet with their students for one-on-one tutoring 30 minutes weekly during the school year. 

The Mission of the Caring Grands Reading Program is to provide tutoring to struggling readers. Caring Grands assist educators in increasing students’ reading abilities, promoting academic success, and preparing for future standardized assessments, such as the third-grade reading test.

To become a Caring Grand tutor, one must attend CCLP’s free Tutor Training workshop and pass a background check. Knowledge of another language is not necessary and no prior teaching experience is required. This workshop will be held Thursday, September 1 from 9 am to 1:30 pm at Creek County Literacy Program, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa. Lunch is provided.

“There is no age or background requirement to tutor, just a desire to help a child succeed in school,” said Executive Director Melissa Struttmann. 

Presenter Joanie Mullins earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University.  She retired from Sapulpa Public Schools after 34 years of teaching in grades K-3.  Her last 5 years of teaching were in the Title I Reading and Math program where she worked with small groups of students in grades K-5 who needed more instruction in Reading and/or Math.  She has been a Caring Grand volunteer for 4 years.

For more information or to register for the free workshop, please call 918-224-9647.

About Creek County Literacy Program

For 33 years CCLP has worked to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy. One in five adults 18-24 years old in our county do not have a high school diploma. One in ten adults 25 years of age and older in our county do not have a high school diploma. In Creek County, forty-one percent of students from kindergarten through third grade receive reading remediation. Through extensive outreach and collaboration with a network of community partners, CCLP strives to ensure that individuals who need to improve their literacy skills receive the help they need. CCLP’s Mission is to help every child and adult in Creek County to read through tutoring, technology and health literacy outreaches. CCLP’s Vision is for every child and adult in Creek County to read proficiently.

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