Leap Frog provides reading intervention tutoring and enrichment activities to first, second and third grade from Oxford and Lafayette public schools. Oxford School District’s students come Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Lafayette County students come Mondays and Wednesdays; they are here from 3:00-5:30.
For the first hour and a half, the students are tutored one-on-one with a trained tutor. The tutors lead their student in completing sequential phonics lessons each meeting, using a phonics program created by the director and two retired educators, based on the curriculum Phonics Boost, by Really Great Reading. The tutoring hour begins with a snack, we then lead the students in simple Yoga moves, followed by three minutes of mindfulness, to calm the students and help focus them for tutoring. Afterwards, the groups complete their phonics lessons for the day, and tutors help students complete homework and read books in the remaining time.
The second hour is designed for the students to play outside, engage in indoor games, participate in special programs, and have some free play with peers. Special programs currently provided are, monthly visits from the University Museum’s Traveling Trunks program, and visits from Good Food for Oxford Schools, Pre-Dental groups, Pharmacy groups, First Regional Library’s Book Wagon, members of the National Society of Black Engineers, Ghostlight Theatre group, The Vietnamese Student Association, Studio Whimzy, and various other campus and community organization visits. Exercise is an integral part of the free-play time, utilizing the scooters, jump ropes, basketballs, footballs, and cooperative play with volunteers.
An Executive Director, Teresa Adams, runs the program, College Corps members help supervise and manage the site, and over 200 volunteers provide tutoring and mentoring. The Director recruits and trains all volunteers at the beginning of each semester, and tracks their hours throughout the year.
Students are referred to the program through school personnel, using our criteria for enrollment. Students must receive Tier 2 reading interventions at school and/or are on watch for Tier 2,
and lack resources necessary to support academic achievement and social skills (Financial, Family stability, Enrichment/after school activities). We do work to re-enroll as many of our previous year’s students to continue on through third grade.
Our goals are to help 100% of our first, second and third grade students progress to the next grade and read on grade level by the end of the year. Ultimately, 100% of our students would meet their school district's benchmarks in reading by the end of the school year using the STAR Reading and NWEA tests as the assessment tools. And, have all students be exposed to the arts and create health awareness through special programs each month designed to touch a variety of interests such as languages, culinary, music, exercise, art, dance, international cultures and health and hygiene programs. This year, we have created relationships with Thacker Mountain Radio show, various community and campus organizations. In the coming year we plan to continue these programs for enrichment hour.
Funding for the program comes from our local United Way, two area churches, St. Peter’s and Oxford-University Methodist, various grants, private contributors, and fundraisers throughout the year.
Community members are welcome to come visit the site any time. We operate Monday – Thursday 3:00-5:30 during the academic school year. Please contact the Executive Director for specific times and location.
To learn more about the program, how you can be involved, or how you can help us achieve our goals, email the Executive Director, Teresa Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leap Frog has been operating for 28 years! Every year brings new and returning students. We take great pride in the work we do with these students and enjoy the time we have with them.