1. Kindergarten Superstars

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    For kindergarteners, their first school experience is a time of intense learning, and there are some that need a little extra help to master the curriculum. Kindergarten is a huge foundation and starting point for every student going into the academic K-12 institution and it’s crucial that a student is...
  2. Poetry Café at R.L. Stevens

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    On Friday, April 13th the Jaguars, the second grade after school class lead by Diana Sharkawy and Eddie Castañeda, hosted a poetry café at R.L. Stevens School. The recital came after a class study of Jamaican Dub Poetry, and a poetry writing workshop experience. The event began with an invocation...
  3. Rewards of being a Tutor

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    It is without a doubt difficult to pick one time that tutoring has been rewarding. Almost everyday with each bit of growth you see in your students you feel a sense of accomplishment for your student and yourself. I think the overall comprehensive change I’ve seen since day one in...
  4. Need to Read-a-Thon!

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    Amy Holter, AmeriCorps VIP at RL Stevens Elementary Sonoma County District Supervisor Efren Carrillo encourages students to read. Learn to read, so you can read to learn. That was the message sent by District Supervisor, Efren Carrillo, when he addressed 80 students at the CalSERVES Need to Read Festival on...
  5. Students are Learning to Love Reading

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    Mia Petersen, AmeriCorps Team Leader at RL Stevens The time of year when the leaves are changing is just like our students attitudes toward reading. “I don’t want to read! It’s too hard,” was a complaint heard far too often in September. However, after months of practice and with the...
  6. Fun with the Librarian!

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    Amy Holter, AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at RL Stevens Elementary Librarian. For children, the word often conjures an image of someone who hushes you and forces you to read boring books. On November 3rd, however, the first and second graders of R.L. Stevens’ Cool School program had a vastly different experience....