“I enjoy reading and I enjoy learning,” said Ms. Janie Simmons. After retiring from a 40+ year career with the government, Ms. Simmons didn’t know what she was going to do. “I wasn’t going to let the dust accumulate under my feet,” she explained.
AARP Experience Corps, a highly successful intergenerational effort, is expanding in the Phoenix area. By enlisting volunteers 50 and older as tutors, Experience Corps has made significant headway in helping children who have struggled with reading in grades K-3.
Currently, nearly one in three Minnesota third-graders are not reaching basic levels of literacy. AARP Experience Corps Tutors directly address this need by providing one-on-one reading tutoring as well as serving as a caring adult in each of their students' lives.
AARP volunteers will be on hand for an exciting Cleveland Foundation discussion aimed at delivering first-hand advice on how to develop your own plan for your Encore years.
It’s never been more important. Elementary school students in kindergarten through third grade are learning to read. After third grade, they are reading to learn.
AARP Experience Corps D.C. ( www.aarp.org/ecwashingtondc) recently received a $75,000 grant to support a proven inter-generational reading literacy program currently offered in 75 classrooms within nine D.C. schools. The funding will help expand and strengthen program deliverables in the District. The City Fund from which the grant was awarded seeks to advance the three goals as outlined in Mayor Vincent Gray’s One City Action Plan:
UPDATED: Sept. 25, 2013, 10 a.m.: As they await the birth of their first grandchild, Fred and Martha “Marty” Smith know that books and reading will play a large role in their life with their grandson or granddaughter.
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