STAIR Graduation Stories

STAIR Graduation at Severn Elementary School – May 9, 2018

Attending STAIR graduations is always a treat for anyone who is inspired by children and adults committed to learning and growth.  But a program in May, 2018 brought home the devotion and love involved as well.

To begin the graduation ceremony, each student was introduced by his or her tutor, who said a few words about the year’s work, strengths and personality traits of the student, and offered congratulations on the year’s work.  The first tutor’s comments ended with words of encouragement to his student for success in third grade and his expression that he would miss the student.  As he finished his remarks, the student turned and hugged this tutor, and began to cry.  This elicited tears from the tutor, and soon there was hardly a dry eye in the room.  What a priceless demonstration of the love and devotion developed over an 8-months period when an unselfish and giving STAIR tutor makes time twice a week to get to know, encourage, and teach a struggling young student.  While this student made excellent reading progress, he also came to know and love an adult who gave him much more than instruction.  A piece of each of their hearts will forever be a part of the other.


STAIR Graduation at Nantucket Elementary School – May 17, 2018

The STAIR program held its 2018 graduation exercises in the media center at Nantucket Elementary School on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

The ceremony and party were a big success! Guests included the second grade teachers, school counselor Todd Stanzione, reading specialist Allyson Cabradillia, and Nantucket Principal Alexis McKay. STAIR board member Wendy Taylor thanked each tutor personally, and Prince of Peace member Jeff Gibbs took photographs. Seven of our twelve tutors and substitutes are members of Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church.

All the children’s parents attended, as well as step-parents, grandmothers, siblings and cousins, more than twenty-five family members in all. Families looked through the STAIR yearbooks, then each of the children read a story he or she had written to the group, and each tutor said a few things about their student. Ms. McKay presented certificates to the students and made a few remarks about the students and the STAIR program.

Everyone had a great time, and the children were on their best behavior! We felt proud of them, and good about the conclusion of another successful year of STAIR at Nantucket School.

– Mark and Anne Weadon



The need is great and you can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child!

STAIR – Start The Adventure In Reading, is a 12-year old literacy-tutoring program in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.  In May of 2017 we proudly graduated 80 students at nine sites in the city of Annapolis and greater Anne Arundel County. This year we are tutoring 74 students at ten sites with the support of over 150 volunteers.

Elementary students, selected by their school’s reading teacher, work with STAIR tutors twice a week after school for one hour to improve their reading fluency and comprehension.  STAIR is held at  schools and community centers in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

You can help transform a child’s life.  No experience is necessary.  We provide the curriculum and a two-hour training session held on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis at 171 Duke of Gloucester Street.

For more information contact Linda Barbour at executive_director@stairannapolis.org or call (410) 279-6480.







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