Financial hardship wasn’t Claire’s only challenge. As a child she had developmental problems and needed speech therapy. With more and more reading aloud in class as Claire moved through primary school, she became self-conscious and fell behind.
“She wouldn’t try to sound the words out. She wouldn’t attempt it, she’d just stare at the page,” said Michelle.
Sponsorship gives children in need wrap-around support, including access to our learning programs. Through student2student Claire was matched with an older student reading buddy, Abby. The 18-week program pairs students who are at least two years behind in their reading with trained buddies who mentor them over the phone while they both read the same book.