Literacy is a skill that can take you everywhere and when someone falls through the cracks, life becomes more difficult.

Click to listen to STAIR Executive Director Jo Ann Mattson discuss with Eye On Annapolis how the organization is literally life-changing (pun intended).



STAIR is committed to honoring and including diverse life experiences and heritages and to promoting an environment where all voices are heard and respected. We strive to provide a model of diversity and inclusion in our community with equitable treatment for all.


STAIR-Annapolis is an educator-approved tutoring program that provides one-on-one support to Anne Arundel County Public Schools second graders striving to achieve grade-level reading. With a team of more than 200 dedicated volunteers at 12 locations throughout Anne Arundel County, STAIR-Annapolis helps students gain greater self-confidence, improve academic readiness, and "Start The Adventure In Reading."


Learn to Read

Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR)

fills a need that school reading

specialists and teachers do not have

the time to address: one-on-one

reading time with students at risk.

Read To Learn

Literacy is the gate-keeper to higher education, financial stability, health, relationships and empowerment.

STAIR provides literacy tools, support, and confidence to our students at this critical time in their educational journey.



reader For LIFE

Students who love reading keep reading throughout their LIFETIME.

They reinvest that knowledge and passion back into their communities, workspaces, and families.

“When students, who once faced barriers in their literary journey, become excited about and proficient in reading, they are 4 times more likely to proudly walk across their graduation stage.” -Annie E. Casey Foundation


Morgen went from refusing to read with no desire to even try to read sight words; to reading level 1 books all by herself.  Her desire to read, self confidence, and enjoyment of getting words right has been wonderful to see.
She reads books now which is an amazing accomplishment in only a few short months!


Mom of Morgan, STAIR Student

We are so inspired by our STAIR program. It is so exciting watching the students turn from striving readers into independent, confident readers. The weekly commitment from the volunteers is so impressive. We know our students are empowered by their tutor. Thank you for helping our students achieve in reading!

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Amanda Finnis

Literacy Teacher - Edgewater Elementary School