September 2020
Drumroll please! Final results indicate 91 percent of ATC’s virtual tutoring students finished the year reading on grade level.
What an impressive effort! As a tutor, donor, partner or friend to ATC, YOU made this happen. The ATC Board and staff are grateful for your dedication to helping students learn to read.
The year in review: While school was in session, 99 tutors led 4,555 sessions for 169 students. We began in October 2019 and by March 2020, 34 percent of ATC students had already achieved end-of-year grade level reading goals. As you know, ATC shifted to virtual tutoring in late April after Alexandria City Public Schools closed its buildings due to the pandemic. In virtual tutoring, which ran through the summer and ended August 15, 113 tutors led 2,305 sessions for 101 students. Ninety-two of these kindergarten, first and second grade students were reading on grade level when tutoring ended.

The school year begins tomorrow! ATC will continue virtual tutoring for first graders only in 2020-2021. Anticipated start time is October. The Book Buddies program will be offered in 10 schools; ATC will provide additional information once the programs are staffed, organized and ready to launch. In the meantime, sign up to tutor here!
ATC extends a big “thank you” to AT&T for contributing $2,500 and to Burke & Herbert Bank for contributing $1,000 to ATC’s online Book Drive fundraiser. Knowing tutoring sessions will be virtual, the ATC Board launched an online fundraiser seeking $22,000 to purchase the leveled readers needed for distance tutoring. Students will receive actual books; tutors will use an online version for tutoring sessions.
ATC has been promoting the fundraiser on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Individual donations have also been coming in; thank you if you donated to ATC for this fundraiser. ATC will also conduct its annual appeal and participate in Spring2Action. If those are the times you prefer to donate, stay tuned! If, however, you are interested in helping ATC reach its goal to purchase leveled readers for virtual tutoring (a new but necessary expense), donate here or send a check to ATC at the address below. Thank you for supporting ATC in whatever way works best for you.
If you are on social media, please watch for our posts on the various platforms and “like” and “share” our posts: Alexandria Tutoring Consortium on Facebook and LinkedIn, ATCRead2Succeed on Twitter, and atcread2Succeed on Instagram. We are working hard to raise our community profile and appreciate your helping ATC to do so.
A big thank you to Amanda Johnson, who worked with ATC as a summer intern for nine weeks. Amanda is a senior at Hamilton College majoring in psychology and education. While with ATC, Amanda helped create the virtual tutoring program and provided Zoom support for tutors. Amanda, thank you for joining ATC this summer. You were terrific and helped shift Book Buddies programming to virtual. Good luck in your senior year and stay in touch!
ATC was also the beneficiary of an Eagle Scout project. Life Scout Will Rutherford of Troop 113 ran a “book drive” in which he asked community members to purchase books at local shops Old Town Books and Hooray for Books. Will’s project resulted in at least three books per student, which ATC staff and volunteers delivered to the students in virtual tutoring. An additional partner, Preparedness Without Paranoia/Kiernan Group Holdings, donated 50 copies of Lucky’s Superpower Story for the bags. Thank you, Will, and congratulations on becoming an Eagle Scout! ATC usually provides funding for each tutor to purchase gift books for his or her student to celebrate the end of tutoring. The pandemic prevented ATC from gathering that way this year, so Will’s book drive was perfectly timed.  
Will with the packed bags
And finally, welcome Piper Hall to the world. Piper is the daughter of Ramsay and John Adams coordinator Molly Hall and her husband Matt. Harper Hall is now a big sister! Congratulations, Molly and family!  
Questions? Contact Lisa Jacobs at ljacobs@opmh.org
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Phone: 703-549-6670 x119
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Lisa Jacobs, Executive Director