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JCC continues free tutoring program this fall
– starts Sept. 9

Photo of a school-age girl during a tutoring session with her teacher.

The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center is pleased to announce that it will continue its successful tutoring program this fall. The JCC of Syracuse, in collaboration with the Michelle Schotz Foundation Reading and Tutoring Support from Caterpillar to Butterfly and SUNY Oswego, will start up the free program for school-age children on Monday, Sept. 9, at the JCC on 5655 Thompson Rd. in DeWitt.

The Caterpillar to Butterfly Reading and Tutoring Support Program, which launched last spring, will once again provide on-on-one reading tutoring on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30–5:30 p.m. for children in grades K–6 who are performing below their grade level. A separate small-group writer’s workshop will also be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30–6 p.m. for any child in grades K–6. The program will run through Dec. 4. Children must register for the entire fall session and attend both days.

“We’re very excited to bring back the Caterpillar to Butterfly tutoring program,” said Pamela Ranieri, JCC director of children’s programming. “Last spring, we were able to help 12 students in the program with their reading and writing. The teachers did a great job and they worked really well with the children.”

Tutors for the Caterpillar to Butterfly Reading and Tutoring Support Program are certified teachers finishing their master’s degree in literacy at SUNY Oswego. As part of helping to boost each student’s academic success, tutors will also help the children develop their love of reading. Children will be paired with the same teacher for the entire session. Parents will regularly receive comprehensive progress reports. The program will not meet during school breaks and on the Sept. 30 and Oct. 9, 14 and 21 Jewish holidays.

A generous grant from the Michelle Schotz Foundation was instrumental in launching the free Caterpillar to Butterfly Reading and Tutoring Support Program at the JCC. “We are so grateful for the Michelle Schotz Foundation’s support of the program,” said Ranieri. “It’s wonderful to be able to provide extra literacy support to children who come here for our After School Program as well as any child in the community who can use the added help. We’re still enrolling students in the program, but space is very limited so interested parents should contact us as soon as possible.”

For more information and to enroll a child in the free Caterpillar to Butterfly Reading and Tutoring Support Program at the JCC, download the registration form or contact Pamela Ranieri at 315-445-2040, ext. 123, or