PORT CHESTER, N.Y. Janette Isele sat with second-grader Alejandro Duran as he read through a colorful picture book, matching animals and characters he saw with pictures on a separate grid and re-reading their names.
"We want to build fluency," said Isele, a graduate student at Long Island University. "Then we move on to harder and harder texts."
Isele is one of several graduate students participating in a joint program with the Carver Center to provide one-on-one tutoring at no additional cost to students in the center's after-school program.
Isele focuses on reading as she is pursuing a Master's degree in literacy education. Other tutors focus on other subjects like math and science, depending on the field they wish to work in.
She meets twice a week with a student for one hour, working with students who have been identified as reading below their grade levels.
The program began in September and is currently servicing 15 students. It is expected to expand to 30 students in January when more Long Island University graduate students become available, and will run through the school year.
"There is always a greater benefit with one-on-one help," said Danielle Marino, who oversees the Carver Center's literacy program. "It not only brings up their grades, but helps them build self-confidence."
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