The early literacy team at Barclay Elementary/Middle School in Charles Village recently launched a program to provide students and their families with more resources for improving literacy in the early grades. A part of Project Early ID, an early literacy project piloted at Barclay, the program includes one-on-one tutoring, free books, and literacy trainings. Community volunteers directly engage with students by serving as “Story Pals” for children in grades Pre-K through 3. The program, which has engaged community volunteers as well as Experience Corps members, teachers, parents, and staff, has been highly successful in its first year. Since January 2009, Barclay School has recruited over 10 volunteers to read one-on-one with approximately 20 students. Through free book shelves around the school and scheduled give-aways at trainings and parent nights, the school has given away over 4,000 books to students and their families.
Even with this success, it is evident that the program still has room to grow. Other schools in the Greater Homewood network have expressed interest in implementing a similar model of volunteer engagement targeting early literacy. With the help of a Volunteer Maryland Early Literacy Coordinator, the Barclay School Early Literacy team hopes to expand its program threefold in the coming year to engage over 200 students in early childhood and primary grades at Barclay. Additionally, the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator will develop a model for the program that can easily be applied to other schools.
Please help us spread the word about this exciting opportunity to work as a Volunteer Maryland Coordinator in one of Baltimore’s great City Schools!
Early Literacy Volunteer Coordinator at the Barclay School
Make a Difference for Baltimore’s Youngest Students!
Join The Barclay School #54’s dynamic early literacy team in providing our youngest readers and their families with more resources for improving literacy in the early grades, including one-on-one tutoring, free books, and literacy trainings. While establishing a model of volunteer development, the Coordinator will help to lay the foundation for a greater early literacy network in Baltimore City Schools.
The Early Literacy Volunteer Coordinator at Barclay will recruit volunteers to serve as read-aloud tutors, collect and distribute free books to students and parents, assist with trainings and professional development for school staff and volunteers, and organize celebrations of students’ reading successes. This is a part-time, one-year commitment as a member of AmeriCorps (sometimes referred to as a “domestic Peace Corps”). The service year begins September 16 and includes extensive training, a modest living allowance, and a post-service education award.
If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to
Katie Horn at firstname.lastname@example.org.