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.
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 second-year funding for the Walker Middle School team.
Duke Energy Foundation invests $50,000 in Science, Math and Energy Education Grants
The Duke Energy Math, Science, Energy Education, and STEM Partnership Teacher Grants Program offer teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade funds for equipment and/or materials to increase students’ interest and understanding of science, mathematics, and energy education. Grants are awarded through a competitive process with preference given to innovative projects that included objectives and measureable outcomes. Community volunteers and education specialists will judge the grants in August using a formal rubric based on objective criteria.
Bank of America invests $7,000 in college readiness program
AVID is a college readiness system that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System accelerates student learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. Bank of America invested $7,000 to fund tutors for students in the AVID programs at Union Park, Liberty, Lakeview and Wolf Lake middle schools. The tutors work with students in a group setting using the Sorcratic Method to increase their higher order of thinking skills, enhancing their ability to become individual thinkers and problem-solvers.