Leap Frog provides reading intervention tutoring and enrichment activities to 120 first- through third-graders enrolled in Oxford Public and Lafayette County Schools. Students are selected for the program based on their reading scores, teacher and/or counselor recommendation, positive behavior, and parent/caregiver willingness to support their child.
Originally started by area churches who wanted to dedicate part of their mission to assuring that grade school students had a supportive, effective after-school program where they could get help with their homework, and have an outlet for healthy play. While the original model focused on providing homework help, the program has evolved to focus specifically on improving literacy.
How It Works
Leap Frog students are typically receiving Tier 2 reading support from their school. This means they need more support than students who are Tier 1 readers, and far less intensive intervention required of students on Tier 3 support.
Students meet with a volunteer tutor, frequently a Ole Miss student, two times a week. Once they satisfactorily complete their literacy curriculum, students will read with their tutor and complete homework if time allows. Since students have been hard at work all day, we offer active play or enrichment programming following their learning time. A healthy snack is offered when students arrive to fuel them up.