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Rising Readers

Listing Last Update: April 20, 2018


1817 Central Ave
Ste. 215
Charlotte, NC 28205

Primary Contact

Stephanie Galeotti

(704) 333-8099 Ext:110

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

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Program Overview

Rising Readers helps approximately 300-400 rising first through third grade students in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) who have been identified as Limited English Proficient. International House, in partnership with CMS, implements this program each summer.who come from families living on low incomes and who are learning English as a second language.

The program is centered around small-group learning, and in 2017 included 36 tutors who worked directly with students under the instruction of experienced CMS teachers. The full-day program is free for all students and features a literacy component in the morning and a science enrichment in the afternoon.

With intensive instruction that is interactive and offered in small groups, students keep up their literacy progress over the summer break. It fills a learning gap, helps students continue to develop socialization skills and readies the young learners for the next school year. In addition to the instruction, the students receive meals, book bags and school supplies.

Mission Statement

International House's vision is a Charlotte that welcomes and embraces the world.

Our mission is to promote international understanding and help immigrants integrate fully into our community.

We accomplish our mission through these focus areas:

Ginter Immigration Law Clinic
International House empowers individuals to navigate toward permanent residency, citizenship and family unity.

Cultural Programs
Showcasing multiculturalism through a variety of activities that range from our annual Gala to children's programs, we bring an exciting international flavor to the Charlotte region.

Educational Programs
International House enhances language and cultural competency through diverse learning opportunities.

Citizen Diplomacy
International House works with the U.S. State Department to arrange visits of foreign leaders and dignitaries, many of whom are current or rising leaders in government, politics and education.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Cost info: FREE

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

"Rising Readers was the best way I could spend my summer. It gave me the chance to connect with some amazing children and watch their incredible progress. This program helped them to focus on their literacy skills so they would be ready for school in the fall. While we worked on literacy and science, we also had so much fun!"

~ Kristen Moore-Garcia, tutor in the Rising Readers at Briarwood Academy

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