One to One Reading Program

One-to-One Reading A Success!

Mid-May 2016 saw the wrap-up of a successful implementation of the One-to-One Reading program. Tutors went in to all the Salt Spring Island Elementary Schools to support students with their reading. Two sessions of twelve weeks each were held. Students who were engaged in the program read to a tutor 3 – 4 days a week. Over 50 tutors were involved and 62 students. Tutors listened to the students reading, encouraged them, and provided gentle coaching for reading strategies when needed. Students and teachers noticed increased reading levels and a more positive approach to reading by the end of the program. Tutors enjoyed the one-to-one time they had with students.

“I have watched those students who do not get regular reading time at home and who have been noticing a difference between their reading level and the level of their peers, blossom with confidence and a keenness to read after their time with you. You have given our students the gift of reading and the gift of confidence, and for that we are grateful”, commented Kelda Logan, principal at Fernwood Elementary School.

Clearly a win-win situation! The popular program will continue this year. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer.
A sincere thank you to the Salt Spring Foundation, who supported this implementation year; your gift made it possible.
Louise Shelly
Salt Spring Literacy
One to One Reading Program Coordinator
phone: 250 537 9717


On Friday, September 8, Salt Spring Literacy hosted a celebration because it had three reasons to celebrate: its tenth anniversary as a society; International Literacy Day; and its new premises on Rainbow Road, next to the OutSpokin Bike Shop.
Cake, snacks, and refreshments were served while Literacy staff and board members gave tours of the new space and answered questions about the many services that it provides the community.
Programs and services :
-One-to-One Reading, which sends tutors into elementary schools to work with students on their reading;
-Adult Tutoring, which matches learners with tutors who can help them learn what they want to learn;
-Computer Lab, which provides computer access and tutorials on Wednesdays by appointment;
-English as a Second Language, which one-to-one ESL tutoring to individuals and families;
-Family Literacy, which, in partnership with School District 64, offers family literacy programs for parents at local elementary schools;
-Exam Invigilation, which provides a dedicated, quiet, private room, with a computer and internet if required, and a licensed, certified teacher when necessary; and
-Friendly Readers, which matches readers with seniors who can no longer read.

As with other societies, fundraising and volunteering are crucial to the organizations’ success.

Every year, Salt Spring Literacy holds a weekend-long Giant Book Sale in combination with a Jewels for Literacy sale. This year, the Giant Book Sale begins Friday, November 17, through to Sunday, November 19. Each day it begins at 10am and finishes at 4pm. The sale is held at the Farmers’ Institute.

Salt Spring Literacy needs volunteers to work with adult learners working on courses and to work with ESL learners. Its One-To-One program needs volunteers for our 12-week school sessions starting in October. Those interested can call the centre 250 537-9717 or email