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ATC Vision: Every child in Alexandria can read and succeed!

There is no greater gift we can give a child than books and the skills they need to learn to read!

Because, if children cannot learn to read by 3rd grade, they have a hard time reading to learn in 4th grade and beyond because a majority of the material is incomprehensible to them.

Why support the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium? Let some of the Board of Director and Volunteer Team Members tell you why . . .

Board Cathy David: As an educator and former administrator with the Alexandria City Public Schools, I have witnessed the positive outcomes that are achieved when a caring and highly trained and supported volunteer tutor is matched with a young child who is struggling to learn to read. In retirement, I knew I wanted to continue to play a role in helping all children learn to read and love to learn, which is why I jumped at the chance to serve on the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium.

Ellen Kelly Holland: As an education media producer, I read a message buried in an educational research report that caught my attention-- some states do prison planning based on 3rd grade reading scores! If a student can’t read, he/she cannot participate in the learning process in elementary and secondary schools—and is likely to drop out of school without graduating. Such students have few options for successful lives. I decided then that I would begin to work on this problem by joining the Board of the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium—tutoring makes a difference!

Margaret Whitesides: I joined the ATC board because I feel strongly that all children should be able to read as soon as possible. I want to pass the gift of early literacy on to other children.

Dodo Ablard: Teaching our children to read is the greatest gift that we can give them. I joined the ATC Board because I found that it offered children who were falling behind the best route to remediation. Alexandria has such a diverse school population that many children do not have families who provide opportunities for early literacy activities and arrive in first grade unprepared. The ATC volunteers help to close this gap.

Peter Smealie: If our children learn to read early on, they will then be able to read to learn for the rest of their lives.

Former Board Member

Jim McClary: "Frederick Douglass, writing about literacy, wrote, Once you learn to read, you will be forever free. ATC gives young minds the opportunity for freedom, for flight, for dreams to come true. Please support our efforts to bring the gift of literacy to all students in Alexandria."

Volunteer Dick Christenson: As a volunteer tutor, I can say with enthusiasm that this efficient, well-designed program really works. It is a pleasure to see children responding so well, growing in confidence and becoming measurably more capable readers.

Other members of the Board fundraising as part of the Read 2 Succeed Team:

Jim Roberts, Lynn Gumowski, Herb Berg, Robert Goss, and Jermaine Mincey

Other Volunteer fundraising as part of the Read 2 Succeed Team: Jennifer Crawford

Volunteers still needed. Please go to for more information and to sign up.

Questions? 703-549-6670 ext. 119

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ATC Vision: Every child in Alexandria can read and succeed!

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