Coastside Hope is part of a collaborative effort to help at-risk first through third grade students acquire critical reading skills. The collaborative includes the Sheriff’s Activities League, Coastside Hope, and Farallone View Elementary School.
As you may be aware, elementary school children from the Moonridge Apartments in Half Moon Bay are currently being bused to Farallone View School in Montara. Many of these children are a year or more behind in reading. To bring these students up to grade level reading by the end of the third grade–a crucial year in their education, when they should have learned to read sufficiently to be able to “read to learn”–the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League (SAL) has implemented a literacy program in collaboration with the teachers and administration at Farallone View. The Reading Stars program is currently in its fifth year, under the direction of the coordinator, Jan Forslund.
First, second, and third grade students, most of whom are second language learners of English, are referred by their teachers to this program, held at Moonridge, where they meet one-on-one with tutors. The program follows the guided reading level program used in the schools, in which books are assigned a letter of the alphabet based on difficulty. The teachers provide the reading level of each student at the time of referral, so the students read books right at their level. In addition to these books, the program’s curriculum includes learning apps on Kindle Fires, word card games, and numerous other literacy-building activities.
Tutors meet with second and third grade students on Tuesday afternoons 1:40-4:00, and with first grade students on Thursday afternoons 3:00-4:30 in the computer room at Moonridge. We particularly need tutors on Tuesday afternoons. No previous teaching or tutoring experience is required to be a tutor. Tutoring volunteers must undergo a background check.