Literacy Project

About The Literacy Project

The Literacy Project is The Gathering’s ministry that pairs volunteer reading mentors with kindergarten and first grade students at schools in the St. Louis Public Schools and the Normandy Schools Collaborative.
Mentors work one-on-one with the same student every week from October through April. Using best practices in literacy instruction and child development, we help students develop early literacy skills. However, the power of this program lies not only in helping students improve their reading, but also in the authentic relationships formed between mentors and mentees.

We work to build mutually beneficial partnerships with schools and to truly become a part of the school communities. We support teachers and staff in their efforts to nurture students’ gifts and abilities and empower them to succeed.

2021 – 2022  School Year

In light of recent trends with COVID, The Literacy Project will not be mentoring in person inside schools this year.  However, we will be working with our partner schools in other capacities, and need volunteers to help to support them! 

If you are interested in serving in any of the roles below, please sign up to volunteer. No experience necessary! All needed training will be provided.

Virtual Storytime Leader: Each week, you will connect to a classroom of students via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, read them a book and ask them comprehension questions. This is a weekly commitment from October through April (following the school calendar for holidays).
Teacher Appreciation Coordinator: Two or three volunteers for each school will partner to plan monthly treats and surprises for faculty and staff at each school. You don’t have to design create all the treats, just find groups (Core Groups, another group of TLP volunteers, etc.) willing to take on each month. These volunteers will also be in charge of The Giving Tree this Christmas!
My Own Library Coordinator: Each month, we will provide a book to every student in the classes with which we’re working this year. Two or three volunteers per school will coordinate with teachers in selecting the book they’d like their students to receive, place the order, arrange for delivery, etc.

The Giving Tree

Thanks for your interest in The Literacy Project's Giving Tree! We recommend that you spend $20 - $30 total, including a $20 gift card and a few other small items from their list.

Gift & Drop-Off Instructions:
1. Please bring your gift wrapped or in a gift bag, labeled with the teacher's first & last name and the school.
2. Feel free to include a card with a personal note of thanks and sign your own name!
3. Drop off your gift!

  • AT WORSHIP: Bring your gift with you to worship at any of our sites on Sunday, November 21, 2021. There will be volunteers there to take your gift(s).
  • DROP-OFF EVENT: Drive up to the front door of The Gathering's McCausland Site between 12 pm and 2 pm on Sunday, November 21, 2021, and there will be volunteers there to take your gift(s) curbside.
  • HAVE IT DELIVERED: Do you worship with us online from afar? Feel free to sign up and have a gift delivered to: The Gathering, ATTN: The Giving Tree, 921 Edgar Rd., Webster Groves, MO 63119