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A New Year of JCL Reading Buddies

November 11, 2015
Posted by: Jeremy Russell, Communications Manager

The Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL) and The Brandeis School of San Francisco have partnered for a second year of peer tutoring. JCL has trained 22 seventh and eighth graders from Brandeis to act as Reading Buddies for Buena Vista Horace Mann elementary school second grade students. This year, Brandeis students began tutoring on Friday, September 11, and will continue through the school year.

Buena Vista Horace Mann School is a K-8 elementary school in the Mission District. Buena Vista has the proud distinction of being San Francisco Unified School District’s first Two-Way Spanish Immersion School and the second oldest one in California. About half the students there are English Language Learners (ELL). The school is heavily populated with low-income pupils, with approximately 70 percent of the student body qualifying for free and reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program. The combination of ELL and low-income means many of the students will benefit greatly from the JCL tutoring program.

However, the value of peer tutoring lies not only in the individual service it provides to the elementary school students, but also in the lessons it reinforces in the student tutors about the value of community service. These lessons are part of The Brandeis School of San Francisco mission to inspire students to lead lives of learning and purpose. As a leading kindergarten through eighth grade, independent, coeducational, Jewish day school in San Francisco, Brandeis provides a challenging academic environment and a welcoming, inclusive community, each deeply enriched by Jewish thought, values and traditions.

Inspired by Jewish values of social justice, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy is dedicated to eliminating childhood illiteracy by mobilizing tutors, engaging parents, and expanding home libraries to help underserved public school children throughout the Bay Area. The JCL/Brandeis partnership is one of several programs JCL has guided and trained throughout the Bay Area since 2008.

PHOTO by Johannes Jansson via Wikimedia Commons.