November 2020
Despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC) remains grateful for the tutors and donors who make it possible for ATC to offer a strong literacy tutoring program to Alexandria’s first graders.
ATC is proud to report over 100 tutor-student pairs are hard at work, meeting virtually twice a week.

Tutoring has begun in most of the ten Alexandria City Public School elementary schools we are serving this year. The professional coordinators have worked diligently to prepare materials, train tutors, deliver books to students’ homes and collect necessary permission forms. 
This is the time of year ATC issues its “Annual Appeal,” asking donors to renew their contributions to ATC and asking individuals to consider supporting this literacy non-profit. Through donations, ATC successfully transitioned its one-on-one, in-person tutoring program to a virtual program last year and last summer. Success followed: 91 percent of the students receiving virtual tutoring services from ATC ended the school year reading on grade level. Your dollars make a difference and we ask you to please consider supporting ATC to help us continue serving struggling readers in our community.

We also invite you consider becoming a "Lion of Literacy", a donor who agrees to support ATC at the $350, $500 or $1,000 level for three years. For more information on becoming a Lion, contact Lisa Jacobs.

You may have received ATC’s Annual Appeal letter.  We apologize for not including return envelopes; they were inadvertently left out of the mailer.
Circle December 1 on your calendar and support ATC in the community’s “Giving Tuesday.” On that day, ATC will be one of five local non-profits chosen to receive a percentage of sales, whether it be a meal or a retail purchase, in partnership with the Old Town Business Association. 
Shop local at The Hour, Alx&Co., 529 Kids Consignment, Mint Condition, Mint Collection, the UPS Store, Ten Thousand Villages, Red Barn Mercantile, Penny Post, or The Spice & Tea Company, use local services Passionately Pets, Izalia, or Salon deZen, or enjoy great food from Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Sonoma Cellar, The Majestic, Vola’s Dockside Grill, or Theismann’s! Click here for more information!

Simultaneously, ATC has a matching grant for “Giving Tuesday.” The first $5,000 in donations made between “Giving Tuesday,” December 1 and Friday, December 4 will be matched DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!  Send a check made payable to Alexandria Tutoring Consortium at 323 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 or donate online here. 
ATC was featured in the podcast, “Foresight,” sponsored by the consulting and training firm, Fuller Perez, LLC. Dr. Nathaniel Fuller, founder and CEO of the firm (and an ATC dad!) hosted the online interview with ATC Board Chair Yvonne Folkerts and ATC Executive Director Lisa Jacobs. Watch the online, recorded interview here!
The ATC Board and Staff wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday, however you are choosing to celebrate. Whether you celebrate in person with a few individuals, or virtually with many, please know ATC appreciates your dedication to our mission, helping ACPS kindergarteners and first graders read on or above grade level by the end of the school year. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
Questions? Contact Lisa Jacobs at
323 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-549-6670 x119
Fax: 703-549-9425

Lisa Jacobs, Executive Director