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 San Diego County Office of Education Everyone A Reader Program Celebrates Ten Years of Excellence

The San Diego County Office of Education Everyone A Reader Program celebrates its tenth year of helping elementary students learn to read, enhancing the education and changing the lives of thousands of young people.

Since 1995, the Everyone A Reader Program has helped thousands of first through third grade students throughout the county to improve above their expected reading levels.

"The Everyone A Reader program has helped to change the lives of children significantly," said Everyone A Reader Coordinator, Cindy Dunlevy. "Young children are more likely to gain the self confidence they need to comprehend and enjoy reading."

The program is the largest volunteer literacy program in San Diego. Currently, 165 San Diego County elementary schools have an Everyone A Reader Program in place with more than 1,500 tutors working with children in those schools.

The program trains college students from the University of San Diego, Mesa College and members of the community with a passion for tutoring. The volunteers attend a three-hour training session, and college students who volunteer can also receive work study or extra credit points for their services. Volunteers must also commit to tutoring for one hour a week and are required to take a TB test.

Ivi Turner, a teacher, Site Coordinator and tutor at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary in San Diego City Schools said, "Tutoring is the most effective and rewarding way to make a difference in the lives of these students. Many of our students grow from shy, frustrated struggling readers, to confident and knowledgeable readers, who have moved from one to two reading levels consistently."

The program has been implemented in the following 23 school districts; Bonsall Union, Cajon Valley Union, Carlsbad Unified, Chula Vista, Chula Vista Elementary, Coronado Unified, Del Mar, Del Mar Union, Encinitas Union, Escondido Union, Fallbrook Union, La Mesa/Spring Valley, Lakeside Union, National, National City, Oceanside Unified, Poway Unified, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego Unified, San Marcos Unified, Santee, San Diego County Office of Education, Valley Center Union, Vista Unified, Warner Unified.

"The one-to-one time that the students have with a trained reading tutor is priceless," said Dunlevy. " This type of tutoring is not always available in the classroom."

The Everyone A Reader program is forming a team for the Union Tribune Race for Literacy May 6th and 7th at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. For more information contact Cindy Dunlevy at (858) 2923682 or cidunlevy@sdcoe.net.