Mid-Summer Check In

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Mid-Summer Check In

Posted by STAIR-Annapolis on July 14, 2021

Greetings from STAIR Summer Reading!

We've reached the halfway point of the summer and STAIR's summer reading initiatives are going strong. It's been such a pleasure to spread the love of reading to children all across Anne Arundel County!

All 120 students enrolled in our 2020-2021 at-home program continue to receive new books for home libraries every month. So far this summer, we've mailed more than 700 books to young readers. With one final book package set to ship to each student in early August, we're confident that these rising third graders are well on their way to becoming life-long readers. The STAIR-Annapolis Class of 2021 will always have a special place in our hearts because of the joy and enthusiasm with which they embraced our modified program. We send these students on their way to new reading adventures with lots of love and our very best wishes for success.

Not surprisingly, the highlight of the summer for all of us here at STAIR-Annapolis has been STAIR Book Fairs. In addition to the three we originally planned with our partners at the City of Annapolis and the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis--at the Eastport Community Center, Robinwood Community Center, and Stanton Community Center--we also had the opportunity to host a fourth event in South Anne Arundel County at the annual Shady Side 4th of July parade. It was so awesome to see so many familiar faces and to meet so many new friends at these events! We gave away hundreds of free books to young readers of all ages, connected with families, got to share the STAIR story with potential volunteers, and spread the love of reading throughout the communities we serve.

Special thanks to our community partners at the City and HACA who were so supportive of our efforts and helped make these STAIR Book Fairs such a huge success!

STAIR-Annapolis staff and volunteers continue to use donated books to restock Little Free Libraries throughout Anne Arundel County, making sure all readers have easy access to books close to home. If you have books to donate or would like to join us in this important summer initiative, please feel free to contact our Program Manager Julieta Slattery, who is spearheading the LFL program this year. Julieta can be reached at program_manager@stairannapolis.org.

As we've previously shared, STAIR-Annapolis is preparing for a return to in-person programming for the upcoming school year. We are thrilled to be able to go back to normal operations, facilitating one-on-one interaction between second graders in need of reading support and dedicated volunteers who give of their time to help students improve basic literacy skills.

To that end, we're actively recruiting volunteers for every STAIR-Annapolis site. The number of students we can serve grows with every volunteer who commits, so there’s never been a better time to join us! You’ll find more information about volunteering as a STAIR-Annapolis tutor and a link to our volunteer application at https://stairannapolis.org/volunteer/.

In our ongoing efforts to modernize communications, we’re proud to announce a new online resource exclusively for volunteers that complements our webpage for families. The STAIR-Annapolis Volunteer Dashboard is a comprehensive portal with everything you need to tutor with STAIR. We’ve linked training videos for new and returning volunteers, AACPS security and background check requirements, Frequently Asked Questions, tutor tips, and much more, with a printable checklist to help you keep track of it all!

We're really excited about what this year has in store for STAIR-Annapolis and for striving young readers in our community.

Won't you join us?

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