Aug
22
2017

Summer tutoring expands to year-round program

Tutor Ellie Beck (left), student Shaylyne Carver, and Ready, Set, Learn! coordinator Gina Hyson.

Supporting Island Families -

The Summer Tutoring Program for Kids was one reason Shaylyne Carver had such a fun summer.

Shaylyne was one of 700 students who participated in the summer literacy program, which wraps up this Friday, August 25. Starting this fall it will be known as “Ready, Set, Learn!” and will expand to offer year-round programs to keep students engaged in learning.

“We read, write, play, and make crafts,” said Shaylyne, remembering her summer with the tutoring program. “I really like it because it’s all really fun.”

The PEI Literacy Alliance hosted the summer tutoring program in 21 public libraries across the province to encourage literacy and prevent summer learning loss for students. More than 20 tutors individually taught 30 students every week during July and August.

“The Summer Tutoring Program for Kids began in 1998 with 97 participants and to date it has tutored 10,788 students,” said Gina Hyson, the youth programs director of PEI Literacy Alliance. “Through the support of our partners, this program has expanded to become the Ready, Set, Learn! program, which will provide day camps throughout the school year, as well as tutoring during the summer. We aim to help fill the gap in supports for Island students.”

The provincial government’s departments of Education, Early Learning and Culture as well as Workforce and Advanced Learning provided a combined $41,500 to the alliance to help hire tutors and a coordinator.

“Our schools and libraries are pleased to partner in this valuable program, which helps children build reading skills and prepares them for a successful school year,” Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie said. “One of the things that makes Prince Edward Island mighty is how Islanders work together to achieve great things, and partnering to make our children better readers is a powerful way to help them succeed in life.”

Other partners in Ready, Set, Learn! are Service Canada, the United Way of PEI, Skills PEI, Raise a Reader, PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, and RBC – with nearly $87,000 in contributions.

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