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Enduring Support for Early Literacy in Our Community

Sight Word Busters Endowment Fund

Since 2011, Sight Word Busters has provided trained and caring volunteers who go into classrooms in Placer County and work individually with kindergarten, first and second grade students to ensure they master a progressive series of letters, letter sounds and sight words needed for early reading success. Because the program is hands-on and tailored to each student’s needs, the risk of young children falling behind is dramatically reduced and teachers are able to efficiently deliver curriculum in their classrooms. The volunteers themselves feel immense gratification by leading students through these important literacy milestones. Sight Word Busters facilitates greater success in reading mastery for children, thereby enabling measurable academic success with long-term positive impact.

Sight Word Busters started with eleven volunteers working in four primary classrooms at Rock Creek Elementary School in Auburn. Today, the program has grown to over 300 volunteers working in more than 100 classes in schools at Auburn, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, Meadow Vista, Colfax, Newcastle, Alta/Dutch Flat, Foresthill, Grass Valley, San Jose, Lynchburg-VA and Clearwater-FL. The reason for the explosive growth is the program meets a fundamental education need -- helping young students learn to read -- and it is relatively trouble free for schools and teachers to implement. Volunteers are fully trained and only work in classrooms where they have been invited by both the school principal and classroom teachers.

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As word of their success continues to spread among teachers and administrators, each year additional schools invite SWB volunteers to bring the program into their classrooms. Consequently, the financial needs of the program grows in unison with the growth in demand for their volunteers. The Sight Word Busters Endowment Fund was established at PCF to address the future need for early literacy in our community. Earnings on investment will provide annual grant distributions to support SWB’s operations. The more the fund grows through additional contributions and investment, the greater the annual grant. This endowment is designed for permanent, sustainable resources that will boost the literacy success for our children for years to come.

How you can help

Support the work of Sight Word Busters Endowment Fund. Make a lasting gift to the Sight Word Busters Endowment Fund today or through bequest. Your gift will continue to grow and strengthen the work of Sight Word Busters for many, many years to come.

Want to know how to make a lasting gift through bequest to support the work of the Sight Word Busters Endowment Fund Endowment Fund? Contact the staff at Placer Community Foundation to learn how.

Sight Word Busters

Mailing Address:  11231 Tahoe Street, Auburn, CA 95602

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