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February 19, 2013

LEAP strides on

Literacy group seeks students, volunteer tutors


Tonawanda News — “A lot of the kids are kids who are maybe not getting as much attention as they need at the schools, not as much one-on-one time,” she said. “When they come into the LEAP program, they really enjoy the one-on-one attention they’re getting. And the kids are great.”

While LEAP~ASAP only runs for a period of time in the spring and fall, Richardson pointed out that the center also presents a summer camp for children having difficulties with reading and writing. 

“I want to make sure that every child who can benefit has a chance,” she said. “If a child is not reading on level by the third grade ... their graduation rate plummets. The earlier we can get them, the better. What we have to realize today is the need for literacy is ever-increasing.”

TO TAKE PART • STUDENTS: Leap~ASAP is available for students in grades one through six from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. from March 12 through May 9. Children in grades one through three will attend Tuesdays and children in grades four to six will attend Thursdays. There are no sessions April 2 and 4. Registration will take place through March 5. The program is free. There is a $20 refundable deposit for students who do not attend Holmes Elementary School in the Ken-Ton school district. The deposit will be refunded at the end of the program when parents supply a copy of the student's report card. • VOLUNTEERS: Required tutor training will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 7. No special skills are needed to tutor, but a time commitment is necessary. • WHERE: The program will take place at the LEAP Powerful Literacy Center & Children's Library, Sheridan-Parkside Community Center, Room 103, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Town of Tonawanda. • CONTACT INFORMATION: To register for LEAP~ASAP and get more information on volunteering, email Gillian Richardson at or call 873-0429. Volunteer applications can also be found online at

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