MissionSTAIR of Birmingham improves the reading skills and self-esteem of second graders.
AboutIn the fall of every school year, STAIR works with the Birmingham City Schools to identify second graders who could benefit from our program. These students attend school regularly and their teachers believe that with one-on-one help from a trained tutor, their reading skills will improve and blossom. Children come to STAIR two times each week October through April. We teach reading skills. We do not help with homework or branch into other areas of education. All tutoring is done by trained volunteers who use a nationally recognized curriculum.
From October through April for 2 hours, two days each week after school, STAIR tutors work with their students to complete the lessons included in 5 units of reading instruction. The volunteer tutor and child read together, play word games, practice phonics and write stories. During the course of the school year, the students develop reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. To date, 100% of students who complete the STAIR program improve their reading test scores. In 2011-2012 students’ scores improved an average of 906.5% on the standardized test given by the schools.
Volunteers work with the same student each week to create a solid bond with the child. These children savor the individual attention from an adult and a life changing relationship often evolves through weeks of reading together and learning in such a personal, safe environment. This tutor/student bond is the greatest factor in the success of the program. The hundreds of individuals who volunteer their time and talent for this program understand that one of the most important aspect of a young child's early academic development is the ability to read and comprehend.
CurriculumSTAIR uses a step-by-step professionally detailed program designed to enhance the curriculum of the public schools. STAIR supplies the students with reading practice booklets, workbooks, and basic supplies such as pencils, crayons, glue sticks, and flashcards; free books and a dictionary also are provided. For many children, these are the only books for their reading level in the home.
LocationsIPC – Monday / Wednesday – serves Hayes K-8 School in North Avondale
IPC – Tuesday / Thursday – serves Hayes K-8 School in North Avondale
45th Street Baptist Church --Tuesday/Wednesday – serves Barrett School in East Lake
Avondale United Methodist Church – Monday/Wednesday--serves Avondale School
Greater New Antioch Baptist Church —Tuesday/Thursday—serves Councill School in Ensley
Norwood School-- Tuesday/ Thursday-- This program is held in the Norwood School building. Tutor recruiting is a joint effort between the Norwood Resource Center and St Luke’s Episcopal Church.
YWoodlawn--Tuesday/Thursday--Serves Oliver School in Woodlawn and is operated by the YWCA of Central Alabama
Westminster Presbyterian Church--serves Washington K-8 School in Titusville