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STAIR’s COVID Pivot, One Year Later

Posted by STAIR-Annapolis on March 17, 2021

March 12, 2021 marked one year since the coronavirus pandemic forced STAIR to suspend in-person tutoring. Both hard to believe and impossible to forget, in nearly equal measure.

The world is certainly a much different place today than it was on March 12, 2020, but for STAIR, the important things haven’t changed: the dedication of our wonderful volunteers, the support of our community partners, and the thrill of sharing the joy of reading with second graders.

STAIR At Home grew out of our desire to offer our students and their grown-ups a way to continue their reading adventures in safety and with more flexibility, mindful of the unprecedented challenges families were (and still are) facing as a result of the global health crisis.

To date, STAIR At Home serves 120 second-grade readers, our largest enrollment ever.

We’ve sent 720 monthly book packages and more than 2,000 brand new books for students’ home libraries.

Students and STAIR At Home volunteers have exchanged dozens of Pen Pal letters, have met in live virtual Book Clubs, and have shared stories and resources through our secure family website.

According to the most recent assessment data from our partners at Anne Arundel County Public Schools, STAIR students are on pace to achieve grade-level reading or better by the end of the school year.

We’re incredibly proud of STAIR At Home, and we’re so fortunate to have had so many helpers along on this journey with us. Our volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to ensure students stay engaged and encouraged; our STAIR At Home families, who have embraced this program in ways that have exceeded our wildest expectations; our friends at Anne Arundel County Public Schools, who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to assist us; our community partners and donors, who have continued to offer their generous financial support; and our amazing second grader readers, who have been such bright lights and are improving their reading skills every day.

No matter what the next 365 days have in store, STAIR will keep moving forward for the benefit of our students!

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