IMG_0509Team Read coaches earned high praise for their work with Seattle students this summer.

Our teen coaches helped hundreds of students, working as classroom assistants in the Seattle Public Schools Summer Staircase program and at Seattle Public Library branches as reading tutors in the afternoon. Team Read partnered with Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Public Library to support summer reading and learning for elementary students and provide jobs for teens.

“Team Read is crucial to the success of the Summer Staircase Program,” said John Hughes, Summer Program Coordinator for SPS. “The tutors have a unique ability to connect with our elementary students and support them in their reading skills in a way that is fun and engaging.”

In the schools, coaches worked alongside SPS teachers, helping to supervise groups of elementary students.  At four library branches, tutors worked one-on-one with students to build reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Summer programming ran from late June to early August.

Teen coaches were paid hourly for their work, and many teens opted to work in a classroom in the morning and at a library in the afternoon.

Parents of students in the program praised the reading coaches.

“The Team Read staff was awesome,” said a parent of a student at Rainier Beach Branch Library.

“Thank you!!!” wrote-in one parent at Douglas Truth Library, citing the “quality curriculum and activities” Team Read had to offer.

Another mom agreed, saying, “The way the staff and the tutors manage and work with the students is great.”