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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. With the Charlotte community’s current focus on improving third-grade reading proficiency, MPPC will focus its discipleship support around literacy during this coming school year.  Our hope is that 80 disciples will commit just one hour a week and serve as a literacy tutor for a student at Billingsville.  You can serve with Tutor Charlotte on Tuesdays from 11:15 – 12 pm or serve with North Star Reading Buddies on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 1:15 – 2 pm.

Why literacy?

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.

Why MPPC and literacy?

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. 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 available with information on how you can serve as a literacy tutor. You can also visit myersparkpres.org/literacytutor for more information.