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Compton elementary schools seeks to boost students’ literacy skills

In an effort to boost the literacy skills of its students, the Compton Unified School District has partnered with Cal State Dominguez Hills for Project Reach, a program that provides 50 college student tutors for all 22 of the district’s kindergarten through second grade classes.

Superintendent Darin Brawley said the district is determined to boost academic achievement through Project Reach.

Instructors will benefit from the extra support in the classroom as college tutors help to ensure students are up to speed on their reading skills, Brawley said. For students, the program means more one-on-one instruction, which can make all the difference for young readers who may be struggling.

“There is no doubt that reading is the key to learning all subjects, especially math and science,” Brawley said. “With the help of our college tutors we are giving our teachers the support they need to make sure our students are up to speed on their literacy skills.

“In time, we’ll see more students excelling in other areas because of their improved reading and comprehension.”

Stephanie Gonzalez, a senior at Cal State Dominguez Hills majoring in public health, said that as much as students might benefit from Project Reach, it also gives her valuable experience working with children prior to pursuing a career in public health.

“I wanted to work with kids to help them become more advanced readers,” Gonzalez said. “They’re fun to work with and it’s been a great experience for me since I want to provide health education for communities one day. Besides that, I think it’s good for the teachers to have extra help from tutors, especially when there are students who might need intervention.”

Elizabeth Long, a graduate student earning her teaching credential at Cal State Dominguez Hills, said there is a lot of excitement surrounding Project Reach at Washington Elementary School where she tutors.

“So far I’ve seen that the students and teachers look forward to the tutors showing up,” Long said. “I also see that the students benefit because they get the support they need to improve their reading skills.

“Literacy is the basis for all other content areas, so if you can’t read you will struggle,” Long added. “That’s why I’m here. I want students to succeed.”