Ignite the Reading Spark in Young Adolescents 




The goal of the program is to “light the path to literacy” by using alternative teaching methods, such as art, acting and creative writing, to make reading more fun and interactive for students. Volunteer tutors will meet one-on-one with their assigned student at least once a week for 45 minutes during the school day to provide instruction and guided activities, Sandberg said.

The lessons require no preparation and offer flexibility for volunteers to work creatively to meet the needs of their assigned student. Volunteers are encouraged to engage the students in ways that meet their needs, but also get them excited about what they’re learning and how they’re doing it. So if a student is only interested in practicing reading skills through acting, that’s perfectly fine, Talarico said.

Halfway through and at the end of the school year participating students will be assessed to ensure they’re increasing their literacy skills and making progress toward meeting their grade-level requirements. Sandberg and Talarico also hope to see the keiki acquire more confidence, as well as a lifelong love of learning and reading.


What makes IGNITE different?

If a child learns to love reading, the hope is that they will become inspired to read more outside of school, and this is the key to a brighter future. Like Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. We believe a positive association with reading is possible through many aspects of working together, such as play, consistency, a caring individual, practice, praise, as well as various incentive programs and fun, literacy-centered events! 


Please email us directly at vista@holualoa.k12.hi.us if you would like further information.