Casa De Las Campanas is a community that cares about helping schools through volunteering and financial support. For ten years, Casa residents have been tutors in the one-to-one “Everyone a Reader” program at Felicita School in Escondido.

Casa was honored for this participation at the school’s “Celebrate Volunteers” ceremony. To commemorate this honor, students presented a banner with the handprint of each of the 85 participating students in first, second and third grades.

The “Everyone a Reader” program has been highly successful. An increase of six reading levels at first grade, and five reading levels for both second and third graders occurred. Casa has made an annual contribution for purchasing books so the program can continue.

Self esteem is essential to success in reading. Student surveys show that the students’ attitudes move from frustration with reading to increased confidence that they can read.

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