STARS Summer Reading Program
Alpine School District Foundation
Help Children Learn to Read
The acronym for this prestigious program was motivated by the story of the starfish. STARS (Students and Teachers Achieving Reading Success) provides students exiting the kindergarten, first and second grades, whose skills are below the average of their class, with 20 days, three hours per day, of additional intensive training in Balanced Literacy, and for the most needy children, Reading Recovery lessons. This quality time concentrates on basic skills, with some of Alpine District’s finest teachers, changing the lives of students. It truly does make a difference in the reading ability and the self-confidence of the children involved.
The Alpine School District Foundation has been asked to fund the STARS experience for 275 children. Sixteen classrooms are used for the program; ten for the first graders and three for each of the other grade levels . The funding required is approximately $98,000. This translates into a cost of about $350 per student, on the average, including materials and supplies.
By sponsoring the STARS Summer Reading Program, the Alpine School District Foundation accomplishes part of its mission, which is to enhance the educational opportunity for students through procurement of additional resources beyond those provided by state tax dollars. The Board of Directors of the Foundation are excited and honored to be able to fund this well-designed and successful program for needy students.
If you wish to donate to help fund this excellent opportunity for children, just fill out the Donation Form, and check the box next to the STARS Summer Reading Program.
Another great way to support this program is by becoming a sponsor for the “Swing for the STARS” Golf Tournament, held in September. Tournament registration begins in March. For any questions about the becoming a sponsor please contact the Foundation at 801-610-8554.
What Parents Say About STARS:
“STARS is a godsend.”
“I feel Sydney’s confidence has greatly improved.”
“I have seen improvement in her reading and her new excitement towards writing her own poems and stories.”
“We have seen a great improvement in George’s attitude toward reading and writing. He is reading very well and catches his mistakes now.”
“I have seen major improvements in her reading, and she has too… She has also gained confidence and seems to enjoy reading a lot more. Her little brothers love it because she now reads to them.”