June 2020
Recent events provide an urgent reminder that our society must seek racial and social equality and bring about long-overdue racial justice for all. ATC reaffirms its belief in these principles, and believes that learning to read is important to a just and equal society. We put these beliefs into practice by teaching Alexandria's children to read just as we have for the past 24 years. Black Lives Matter.
As a tutor, donor, partner or friend to ATC, you are part of an organization that was established to help Alexandria’s youngest students become on-grade level readers. Children in Alexandria's public schools come from worlds and environments which reflect our community’s diversity. Among ATC students, 74 percent receive free and reduced lunches at their elementary schools; 51 percent are English Language Learners; 27 percent are African American.
As we continue to serve these students, the Board and staff recommits to the organization’s existing policy statement, reissued in June 2019
 
The Alexandria Tutoring Consortium, Inc. is committed to nondiscrimination with regard to age, race, national origin, ancestry, disability, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, marital status, status as a parent, or political affiliation.
As you know, ATC has been continuing its Book Buddies program virtually and continues to tutor 97 of the 128 students we served before the pandemic forced Alexandria City Public Schools to close and move instruction online. 

We also have 99 tutors who have stayed with ATC for virtual tutoring. At the most recent ATC Board of Directors meeting, staff reported that tutors are asking for more elements of the Book Buddies curriculum to be added to virtual tutoring. As ATC shifts into its first-ever summer session, ATC staff will meet that request and provide the necessary training to help tutors introduce more curriculum to students.
It’s not too late to join in the online farewell party celebrating Pat Lovo and Sissy Walker, ATC’s long-time volunteer coordinators for the kindergarten program, Reading Readiness. Both educators are retiring from ATC after years of helping children learn to read. A virtual celebration is scheduled for tomorrow, June 24, at 2 p.m.; contact ATC Executive Director Lisa Jacobs for details.
The Board of Directors welcomes Linda Thoms and Mary Anne Salmon to its ranks. 

A current ATC tutor, Linda is a former teacher for K-3 and Headstart in New York. She has worked with national non-profits to help under-represented youth pursue college access and has worked with the former Entrepreneurial Development Institute dedicated to mentoring at-risk youth in Washington DC.
Mary Anne has been serving ATC as its comptroller for the past two years and will continue to serve as treasurer of the board. Previously, she was director of operations at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She had also worked with Compass, an organization that pairs business professionals with Washington DC area non-profits to provide pro bono consulting services.
The Board also said farewell to these board members: Charles Buki, Latta Chapman, Brooksie Koopman, Jermaine Mincey, and Binh Tran. All were recognized at last week’s ATC Board meeting and thanked for their years of service and contributions to the organization.
As always, ATC thanks you for supporting our work.  ATC tutors have technically finished the school year, but have moved right into the summer session, which will end August 15. ATC will tutor in the fall and will announce its program soon.
Questions? Contact Lisa Jacobs at ljacobs@opmh.org
323 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-549-6670 x119
Fax: 703-549-9425
Email:  atc@opmh.org

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Lisa Jacobs, Executive Director