Investments in K-12 Education

Wells Fargo Foundation invests $100,000 in Read2Succeed and City Year Orlando

Read2Succeed matches volunteers and reading assistants with first and second grade students struggling to learn to read with the goal of improving reading literacy. Reading assistants and volunteers deliver one-on-one vocabulary enhancement assistance to first graders and meet with second graders in pairs weekly for 45 minutes to deliver the "Six-Minute Solution" curriculum which employs model-, echo- and choral-reading to increase reading fluency.

This year, the program expanded to 4th grade with a pilot targeting students who are not able to pass the standardized reading assessment. Four retired, certified teachers are working with students at Lovell and Lakeville elementary schools twice a week using the Comprehension Toolkit curriculum.

City Year Orlando uses Americorps volunteers to serve as literacy and math tutors, role models and leaders to help struggling students get back on track – and stay on track – to graduate on time. This is third-year funding for the Walker Middle School team.

What do you get the person who has everything?

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As Azi Nelson approached her 40th birthday, she thought of all the people who invested in her over the years to make her the strong, successful person she is today.  She has dedicated her life to helping children, paying forward the gifts of time, guidance and love she received growing up.

At her birthday party, she asked all her guests to donate to the Foundation for OCPS or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of presents. Both organizations received $500.

What do you get the person who has everything? You help pay forward their success by investing in others.

Thank you Azi and happy birthday!


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