Boys & Girls Club celebrates reading

The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich held its first graduation ceremony for members of Reading Champions on Thursday, May 31. The Reading Champions program, born from the United Way of Greenwich four years ago, supports the values of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich by collaborating with community partners to stimulate the improvement of youth development and offer an environment in which kids can succeed and reach their full potential.

Reading Champions is offered from mid-October until the last week of May to club members who need extra help with their fluency in reading. This year, the Club graduated more than 16 members who worked with eight dedicated tutors.

“I really love Reading Champions, I go every Monday,” second grader, Franklin Sousa-Filho said.

The United Way of Greenwich’s Reading Champions has a home at over 11 sites with more than 100 trained tutors working with 344 children in Greenwich local schools and after-school programs. This program follows a specific curriculum that has been designed by literacy specialists in Greenwich Public Schools to help improve reading skills and build fluency.

The Reading Champions program at the club meets daily with tutors assigned to work individually with each child for 30 minutes. Greenwich Public School reading specialists report that this program has a 96% success rate of children graduating the program and meeting proficiency goals in reading, as well as finding a love for reading.

For information on how to get involved, contact the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich by e-mail at [email protected], contact Jenny Byxbee, United Way Greenwich Youth Services Coordinator at 203-869-2221 or visit

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