October 2021 Newsletter
New School Spotlight: Oakdale Elementary
In 2021 Reading Power is expanding to meet the needs of more students. In September, we began our program at Oakdale Elementary School in Waukegan, IL with first and second grade students. Program expansion in other grades is coming soon.

Oakdale Elementary Principal Catalina Quiñones-Nelson recently shared her thoughts on the Reading Power program and our partnership with her school. She is pictured (left) with Reading Power Site Coordinator Julie Collishaw and Assistant Site Coordinator Cathy Plate.
RP: Thank you, Principal Nelson, for welcoming Reading Power into your school. Can you tell our readers a little about the Oakdale Elementary community? 

CQN: "We are a part of the Waukegan community. I am a big advocate for the community. I live and work here and am Latina, like 80% of our student population. I was one of them. So, it’s important to me to get our students what they need. Post pandemic, we are working on Math and Reading. Getting those skills up to where they need to be. Reading Power is right there with us, helping our students make gains. And our students see the commitment Reading Power staff and tutors make. They see a whole world outside of Oakdale that cares about their success."

RP: What are your first impressions of the Reading Power program?
 
CQN: "I’ve been very impressed with the program and happy it’s here. Academically, the one-to-one attention Reading Power provides is invaluable. Research has proven that a student that reads to even one person a day makes much more progress than those who don’t have that opportunity. The quality of the staff and tutors has also impressed me. They want to be here. They are invested in the students. I feel that, and so do our students. Reading Power is a program that works."
 
RP: What goals are your students working towards this academic year? 
 
CQN: "Our school-wide goal is 10% progress in both Reading and Math. It’s a big goal, especially with some of the challenges students faced during the pandemic, but Reading Power is right there with us to help us meet it. Having the Reading Power program for first and second grade students helps to catch them up so that hopefully by third grade some of the leveled reading they do won’t be as hard. That old saying is true, “It takes a village”. A village working with our students. We’re so happy Reading Power is now part of our village. Part of us."
 
Thank you, Principal Catalina Quiñones-Nelson. We are honored to be at Oakdale Elementary. 
Oakdale Open House Night
Reading Power was proud to participate in Oakdale Elementary's Open House Night on October 5th, 2021. Reading Power staff was on-site to meet with parents, teachers, and students to explain the program and answer any questions.
Reading Power Tutors - Making Connections, Leading the Way
Connections allow the Reading Power family to DO MORE together to foster the promise of literacy. The relationships between students and Reading Power tutors help make learning possible. Below are some comments from new tutor Martha Z: 
RP: Hi Martha. When did you start tutoring with Reading Power?
MZ: "I just started tutoring in September and love it! My first day was fantastic."
 
RP: What has surprised you about the program?
MZ: "The program is so well organized. I was nervous that I would not know what to do, but the lesson plans were outstanding – so detailed and provide guidance and flexibility."
 
RP: What would you tell others who are thinking about tutoring?
MZ: "You get WAY more than you give. My only regret is not volunteering sooner."
Help Us Do More: Become a Reading Power Tutor
Reading Power is expanding to reach MORE students in MORE schools during the 2021-2022 academic year. So much of the success that children experience in Reading Power is due to the strong relationships that young children form with our tutors. New opportunities are available in North Chicago, Zion, and Waukegan.

Click HERE to become a tutor.  
LEARN 6 Drive-Through Resource Fair
Reading Power joined over 10 other community groups as part of the LEARN 6 Resource Fair on Saturday, October 3, 2021. We gave away over 100 bags filled with picture books, leveled readers, an activity packet, a learning game, crayons, and a Reading Power pencil to LEARN students and families. Happy families left the Resource Fair with many supplies and giveaways, and of course big smiles on their faces.
In the News
Thank you to the Daily Herald for featuring Reading Power twice this month. Links to both articles are below:





Our Mission

Working in partnership with underserved schools, 
Reading Power provides one-to-one tutoring during the school day 
for children in prekindergarten through second grade.  

Our mission is to accelerate children's literacy learning, 
and to develop in them a love of reading and writing. 
All children deserve to reach their intellectual potential.

Reading Power Board of Directors
Kathy McFarland, PhD, Chairman, CEO
Marra Lochiatto, MBA, Vice Chair
Kathleen Cowie, Secretary
Jim Young, MBA, Treasurer
Ann Bates, EdD
John Davidson 
Rob Davis, JD, MBA 
Suzanne Surkamer Dobbins
Mary Jane Hender, EdD
Todd Litzsinger
Rahul Malhotra, MBA
Melinda Mooney
Jacalyn Ramdin-Johnson, MBA
Beverly Raudabaugh, MBA
Frank Sibley
Arthur Turner
Mary Weber, MA
Tom Wood
Rev. Dr. Gordon Butcher, DMin, Emeritus
Reading Power Program Staff
Lisa Bulzoni, MEd, Executive Director of Programs and Operations
Kate Burke, BS, Marketing and Communications Manager
Daniela Cruz, Program Assistant
Nancy Duffy, Resource Development Manager
Kristin Fine, MEd, Associate Director of Programs/Site Coordinator
Joanie Alley, MSEd, Assistant Site Coordinator
Kate Bulzoni, BA, Assistant Site Coordinator
Katie Burdiak, BA, Assistant Site Coordinator
Julie Collishaw, MA, Site Coordinator
Brooke Davis, MEd, Assistant Site Coordinator
Andrea Glickman, MAEd, Site Coordinator
Marla Guziec, BS, Site Coordinator
Mary Jane Hender, EdD, Site Coordinator
Joy McGreevy, BA, Site Coordinator
Cathy Plate, MSEd, Assistant Site Coordinator
Marion Schmidt, BS, Site Coordinator
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