The Literacy Project


2020-2021 School Year

This school year marks The Literacy Project’s eighth year in action, and even though it’s going to look a little different, we are excited that we will still be able to partner with our schools in some way.

Virtual engagement with students is tentatively set to start in early October, and we will need lots of help. In addition to working virtually with students, we’ll need some administrative support, plus help with staff and faculty appreciation and the My Own Library book donation program.

A virtual training is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September, 26. More details will be sent in the coming weeks to those who sign up to volunteer.

We know that the power of The Literacy Project lies not only in helping students improve their reading skills, but mostly in the authentic relationships formed between mentors and mentees. We all need to create those connections now more than ever, so please come along for what could be the most exciting school year yet.

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Beth McClure

Director of The Literacy Project


About The Literacy Project

The Literacy Project is The Gathering’s long standing reading mentorship ministry, which pairs volunteers with kindergarten and first grade students. What began in 2012 as a few volunteers reading to students at one school, has grown into more than 100 volunteer mentors working with more than 50 students in three schools – Peabody Elementary and Pierre Laclede Junior Career Academy in the St. Louis Public School District and Washington School in the Normandy Schools Collaborative.

Mentors work one-on-one with the same student every week, consistently from October through April. This builds meaningful relationships, and, of course, critical early literacy skills. Using best practices in literacy instruction and child development and incorporating mindfulness into all of our lessons, The Literacy Project supports students as they develop positive feelings about themselves, others, and school. 

In addition to our work with students, we walk alongside the entire school community. Each month, we bring meals, thank you notes, or other goodies to make sure the teachers and staff at our schools know how loved and appreciated they are. And, through My Own Library, every month we send brand new books home with not just our mentees, but with all of their classmates as well.