The White Plains Saturday Academy welcomed its first participants on Saturday, February 16, 2013, in the Media Center of George Washington Elementary School. This new program, a joint effort between Trinity and the GW PTA, is focused on supporting struggling readers, including many English Language Learners (ELL). The Academy hopes to improve the literacy levels of these readers and their families by fostering an enjoyment of reading and encouraging parental support at home. Guided by experienced teachers, volunteers will carry out a variety of vocabulary building and literacy activities based on picture books that have been read aloud. Many White Plains High School students involved in the National Honor Society and the Key Club are participating as volunteers. 

The partnership between Trinity and the GW PTA began with discussions with Superintendent Chris Clouet a year ago. Contact between the two groups was initiated over the summer, and many joint planning meetings took place. After the steering committee prepared a proposal and some sample curriculum plans, Ms. Laura Reidy (PTA) and Ms. Kaye White (Trinity, retired teacher) presented the plan to the George Washington Principal Mrs. Laura Mungin. She enthusiastically endorsed the program idea and has worked to identify the families within her school who would benefit from such additional literacy support. Following two training sessions for volunteers held earlier in February, the program was finally launched!

To view a photo album from the Academy, please click here.