The Denver Bar Association’s Lawyers & Schools Committee is excited to continue its collaboration with the Reading Partners Colorado organization. Because of the great success of our current reading tutors (including volunteer attorneys and legal staff), Reading Partners has been asked to increase its one-on-one reading tutoring in Denver’s and Aurora’s schools for the 2015–16 school year.
As the current 2014–15 school year is quickly coming to a close, Reading Partners and the DBA Lawyers & Schools Committee are excited to start thinking about next school year as their program continues to expand across the Denver Metro area.
Reading Partners’ mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide one-on-one reading tutoring with measurable results. Most reading tutoring will be with students in the K–third grade levels. By working one-on-one with their tutors, students who were once struggling in many subjects become proud, confident readers, excited about learning and ready for success.
In the 2015–16 school year, Reading Partners will serve up to 15 Denver Public Schools and five Aurora Public Schools. This increases the number of schools participating in the Reading Partners tutoring program from thirteen elementary schools, to twenty Title I elementary schools, with the goal of providing one-on-one tutoring to at least 1,000 students.
To start the next school year with success, Reading Partners needs 350 new volunteer tutors (which means 20 new volunteers per school) registered and trained before Sept. 1.
The DBA Lawyers & Schools Committee urges DBA/CBA lawyers and legal staff to work together to help meet this goal for new tutors. The step-by-step literacy curriculum provided by Reading Partners in each school makes tutoring fun and effective. At all tutoring times, Reading Partners staff will be present in the schools to work with DBA/CBA volunteers and their students. Volunteers commit to one hour of one-on-one tutoring per week (or more if desired) and need no previous teaching or tutoring experience. Volunteer events and trainings are being scheduled throughout Summer 2015 and will be offered throughout the upcoming 2015–16 school year.
Interested? Please let the Reading Partners staff know by calling Reading Partners at 720-409-9909 or emailing volunteerCO@readingpartners.org. You can also learn more by visiting readingpartners.org/volunteer. Please join and be a part this important collaboration between Denver Metro attorneys/staff and the Reading Partners organization. Sign up to become a Reading Partners tutor today!
Can’t volunteer but want to get involved? Give the gift of reading by making a gift at readingpartners.org/donate. $25 helps stock a Reading Center with new writing supplies; $50 provides 5 books for a child to begin building his/her home library with age-and skill-appropriate books; $100 brings Reading Partners’ structured curriculum to one student.
By Erich Bethke, a Director at Senn Visciano Canges P.C., where his practice emphasizes family law and commercial/business matters. He has been the committee chair of the Lawyers and Schools Committee for the past five years and has been involved in school-related volunteer projects for over 20 years. He will always be passionate about the volunteer involvement of DBA members in Denver’s schools.