HELP READING QUEST RESPOND TO COVID 19 ONLINE SCHOOLING BY PROVIDING REMOTE TUTORING
for high-priority students who are struggling with home-based learning.
Song, Rap and Poem Contest for all students in Santa Fe grades 1-12. Flyers in English and Spanish attached. Write a song, rap or poem about a book you read and loved. Entries can be in any language, including American Sign Language (ASL).
Online Team-Building Games & Energizers for Elementary School Teachers
Saturday, October 17th and Saturday, November 7th
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Zoom
These fun, interactive workshops are limited to the first 20 teachers who register. $30 stipend for public school teachers.
Teaching Reading Online: For teachers with beginning
or struggling readers
Part 1: Sunday, October 25, 1:00-4:00 Part 2: Sunday, November 8th 1:00-4:00; $75 stipends per workshop for SFPS teachers.
Creating in Color: Voices of the African Diaspora
A 10-week creative writing club offered for free on Zoom for Black teens ages 13-18 who love to write.
A Parent Testimonial
My son absolutely loves Reading Quest. Within a month I saw so much improvement. He started to read again for fun. Every week he looked forward to his sessions with his tutor. His teacher was amazed with his progress and started to refer her other students to this program. When this pandemic hit our states I was worried that he would fall behind again. But Reading Quest made an effort to have online sessions with my son. This program has been a blessing! My son has found joy in reading again and is now above his grade level in reading. My younger son constantly asks when he can start Reading Quest. I'm am beyond grateful for the amazing work they do. Our state needs programs like this to ensure kids can get the help that they need! Thank you so much Reading Quest!
—Marissa Saiz Reading Quest Parent
Supporting Teachers and Parents
"This training teaches us to think outside the box. Thank you for spreading the reading love. Your tutors are fabulous!"
"Thank you for one of the most enjoyable trainings I have ever had."
"The training gave me, as a parent, solid information and tools that I can take home with me to empower my children."
These are quotes from grateful teachers and parents who recently attended a Reading Quest online workshop.
The need to move our work online has sparked us to produce numerous online reading workshops this month for teachers at Southside Santa Fe elementary schools as well as for parents and tutors in other programs. The Reading Quest approach was highlighted in a national workshop for over a hundred educators with“Reading with TLC” and our resources are being shared nationwide.
Reading Quest recently partnered with Desiree Turner and the Children, Youth & Families Department to provide 1800 books foster children across the state. Through this donation, children will have books, even if they don’t have access to WiFi, their family members and friends during this time of quarantine. Shortly after giving away all of our back up books, we were gifted with several incredible boxes of books from local families and we trust that donations and gift certificates to local bookstores will continue to come in.
Thank you to our anonymous angel donors who are helping us support our families in need of wifi and support with bills!
Our Reading Quest Ambassador in Training, Braulio, a 6th grade student at Ortiz Middle School, was deeply moved upon hearing that many local families were in need of food and he decided to do something about it. Braulio has been making these kittens as his way of raising funds for Food Depot.
We are sending a HUGE THANK YOU to the Santa Fe Community Foundation Covid-19 Fund who made it possible for us to deliver 30 sets of headphones to students who really need them. Some of our students are living in crowded conditions with multiple families. Being able to hear clearly during online lessons makes a big difference for these students. We are very grateful for their ongoing support which is also supporting us to continue to make our instructional reading videos!
I've been greatly humbled by and reminded of how important our work is, especially in this time. I've found myself in tears several times these past few weeks understanding how needed our Reading Quest team is, not only for our literacy support, but for our gentle care and attention to the needs our children and families have. The willingness and love I feel from parents is incredible. Our community needs the brilliance of the children we have the honor of working with and supporting them during a time of great need. We, in return, are also being supported by amazing parents and caregivers.
It's a gift for which there are no words.
—Faridah Ndiaye, Reading Quest Tutoror