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


Thank you, everyone!

Our 11th annual Giant Book Sale and 3rd annual Jewels for Literacy was another great fundraiser and feel-good community event.
We raised more money than ever, netting $30,544, with $22,149 in book income, $8,433 from jewellery, and expenses of $2,538. The Salt Spring Rotary Club donation of $2,500 pretty much covered the expenses.
More importantly, the 1,732 people who came through the Farmers’ Institute doors had a wonderful time shopping and socializing with other islanders and our helpful volunteers.
We also had fun at the Preview Night for society members, with guest author Derek Lundy, wine & appys and the Rotary Club cheque presentation. Members seemed happy to be able to buy two books and two pieces of jewellery.
This year’s sale is on Nov. 16, 17 and 18, with the Preview Night on Nov. 15.
To get your name on the list for volunteering, send an email to Salt Spring Literacy at
Our first book drop-off event will be in April. Stay tuned for more details.

Special 2017 Book Sale Thanks:

SSI Rotary Club, Country Grocer, GI Driftwood, Black Sheep Books, Contour Grafix, SSI Farmers’ Institute, SSI Search and Rescue (traffic control), SSI Recycling Depot, Laurie’s Recycling, BC Liquor Stores Ganges, Cafe Talia, Island Savings, BMO, CIBC, Celebrity Accents, SS Dairy, Mostly Just Because Gifts, Fishbowl, TNT Signs, Derek Lundy, Pathfinders and Rangers groups of the Girl Guides of Canada, Salt Spring Centre School leadership class, and our 100+ volunteers!

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.