The Center for Adolescent Literacies at UNC Charlotte along with the United Way of Central Carolinas and the Carolina Panthers hosted Teaming Up for Literacy for those who tutor or mentor an at-risk child through Project 1,000. Tutors and mentors participated in training led by the Center for Adolescent Literacies and students participated in Play 60 Camp with the Panthers.
The hands-on literacy training session focused on supporting children in their academic success. The training primarily addresses helping children with reading, but attendees will also learn strategies for getting to know the student, building a relationship, and more. All volunteers who signed up for United Way’s Project 1,000 and attended training received new books to share with their student and a Project 1,000 tote bag. Students also received a new book that day.
Jane McIntyre, Executive Director of United Way, and Dr. Mary Lynne Calhoun, Dean of the College of Education at UNC Charlotte, welcomed tutors and mentors and hit home the message of collaboration and collective impact that initiatives like Project 1,000 can have on our community. UNC Charlotte Head Football Coach, Brad Lambert, and Graciela Mateo, a UNC Charlotte graduate who was a tutor and student leader in the ReadWriteServe programs, closed the morning by addressing the students and tutors.
If you participated in Teaming Up for Literacy we invite you to post your thoughts, comments or questions in this blog. Now that you are on the team (the literacy team) we want to continue the conversation. Add you comments to this post. Anything goes! Post comments, questions, suggestions, ideas.