"During my first year of tutoring, I started working with a third grade student who moved into my schedule from the school interventionist team. He was very hesitant to leave his group. I only had him as a student for six weeks before his scores skyrocketed and he reached his Reading Corps graduation. When I handed him his graduation letter and ribbon he punched his fist into the air and loudly stated, “I did it!” This young man is now in 6th grade and whenever I run into him at school events or the community, he still asks if I remember working with him and has a hug for me.
When we take a moment of our time to show a student that they are important and that the skills they learn are a big deal, our impact reaches further than just one student. Our students bring their self-assurance back to the classroom, to their peers, to their families, and it reflects in their daily lives."