This collage is in honor of our Literacy Mentor's who have trained and worked tirelessly to build trusting relationships with our students in order to help the children on their journey toward literacy!
As always, ESLC has got BIG goals this year! And we know that with you by our side, we can reach them together! So, as part of our #SpringForwardMN campaign we need you to help us raise $10,000!
These funds will support two of our most pressing goals!
Do you want to give a culturally affirmative book to a current student of ESLC? Of course, you do! Usually, ESLC sends books home with students with the many donated books and materials throughout the year. However, this year has been anything but normal. As we have moved through this year, we have reflected on the types of materials and books we send to our children and wanted to take action in ensuring that our students see themselves in the literature that they have gifted to them.
Help us raise $3000 for these culturally-affirmative books! Sponsor a student today! ESLC prioritizes local, BIPOC authors and publishers to reflect the many cultures in our student body.
With you, ESLC has been mentoring children in literacy for 20 years now. And we plan to be here for another 20. To do that, we cannot simply rewind and go "back" to our pre-pandemic program. As our founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and staff have always done, we must adjust our programs and services to meet the changing needs of our community. We need to build upon the lessons learned during virtual tutoring, the pandemic, and social unrest of the past year to meet those changing needs. But we need your help to get there.
Our pre-pandemic tutoring curriculum has been out of print for years. Through our AARP Foundation Experience Corps program, we have a curriculum. It was designed for 2 days a week, but our children need to participate 4 days a week to catch up in reading. For those 2 other days, staff have been taking our old lesson plans, with all the wonderful foundational literacy skill-building activities and adapting new lesson plans. As part of our $10,000 #SpringForwardMN goal, ESLC is asking you to help us raise $7,000 to support this project. Our staff needs to organize, document, and complete this monumental project that will inform and impact our program for the next 20 years!
In order to keep our programming free for all of our students and to expand our programming, we need you!