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For the last 10 years, Myers Park Presbyterian Church and CrossRoads Corporation have partnered with Billingsville Elementary School to assist students in achieving academic success. Other community organizations, such as Communities in Schools, the YWCA, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Grier Heights Presbyterian Church and Antioch Baptist Church, have also actively partnered with Billingsville. With the Charlotte community’s current focus on improving third-grade reading proficiency, MPPC will focus its discipleship support around literacy during the upcoming school year. 

A critical indicator of a student’s academic success is whether a third-grade student is reading at grade level.  In fact, 96% of students who are reading at grade level by the third grade will graduate from high school on time. Those third graders who are not reading at grade level are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Given the significance of this statistic, Read Charlotte (a community initiative that coordinates the efforts of families, schools and community partners) set a community-wide goal of doubling the percentage of third-grade students reading at grade level in CMS from 39% in 2015 to 80% by 2025.  Read Charlotte has committed to partner with Billingsville to achieve this goal for its students. 

As part of this goal, Myers Park Presbyterian and CrossRoads are committed to supporting Billingsville students in achieving success. Over 200 literacy tutors will be needed during the 2018-2019 school year, and we are asking Myers Park and the Grier Heights Community to step up in a big way to help meet this goal.

The time is now. Help change the trajectory of a child’s life, help him reach his potential, help her practice a skill that she will use for the rest of her life. MPPC disciples are needed to serve as Tutor Charlotte Reading Mentors, North Star Reading Buddies, and Augustine Literacy Project Tutors.  As one MPPC tutor explained, “when disciples serve as tutors, they show God’s love by consistently giving of their time and being a source of support in a child’s life… students feel that love and look forward to their tutor coming to school to spend time with them and help them practice reading.” Training will be provided so no experience is needed, just a small weekly commitment of your time that will have a tremendous impact on a child’s success in life.

After worship today, disciples involved with MPPC’s Billingsville ministry will be serving Lemonade on the Lawn. Stop by to learn more about how you can serve as a literacy tutor at Billingsville Elementary School. To learn more information about the tutoring opportunities at Billingsville, contact Ministry Team Leaders Glenn Boone at glennboone@me.com or Woodie Robinson at woodierobinson@carolina.rr.com.