The Gift of Reading- 2017

Give a Child the Gift of Reading this Holiday Season


Our children's urgent need

  • United Way cut all children's literacy funding in the Twin Cities, including a $205,000 grant for ESLC amounting to one-third of our budget
  • ESLC is experiencing a $90,000 fundraising gap this year along
  • We alreading reduced services by 40 students and will need to reduce services by 40 more if we do not gain support from more people
  • Your tax-deductible donation ensures we can continue to provide high-quality tutoring for our most vulnerable children

Your gift will be doubled!

Thankfully, through a matching grant from the Katherine B. Anderson Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation your impact on the future of our children will be doubled!

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Your impact on the future

Ka Davenport’s sons, now in high school, participated in ESLC tutoring in kindergarten and first grade. When they started tutoring, they were unable to read at grade level. Ka told us:

“The results from ESLC turned out to be unbelievable. Today, both of my sons are doing so well. Now they’re tutoring my eight year old daughter. She is able to read and spell. She is now confident enough to pick a book out and read it on her own. All thanks to ESLC’s hard work”


Spread the word

Thank you for starting a conversation with someone you know about providing our children with a future filled with possibilities, dreams and hope! 

Here are some ideas of what to say:

  • Share why you love ESLC! “Did you know that I volunteer with East Side Learning Center? I love spending my free time tutoring children in Saint Paul because _________________________. ESLC is asking for the community to support their children right now because the United Way cuts are impacting our children. Do you think you could help me help the children at ESLC?”
  • Share your ESLC story! Start by sharing a funny or heart-felt story about one of your students. Then say, “ESLC has helped more than 3,000 students like him or her in St. Paul since 2001. However, United Way cut funding to children’s literacy in the Twin Cities resulting in an annual loss of $205,000 for ESLC. Now, ESLC will not be able to help as many students unless we raise money. Can you please help us support St. Paul children learn to read?”
  • Hit them with the facts! “Did you know that only 36% of third graders in St. Paul Public schools pass their standardized reading tests and that students who do not read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school? I volunteer at East Side Learning Center, where more than 90% of kindergartners who started out behind were ready to read at a first grade level by the end of last school year. Can you help support this awesome program please?”

**Don’t forget to tell them their donation will be doubled by a matching grant from the Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation!**

A tax-deductible contribution of:

  • $30 will provide a child with an hour of reading tutoring
  • $60 will provide a child with a week of reading tutoring
  • $100 will provide ten books for reading tutoring
  • $300 will provide one child with four weeks of summer reading tutoring sessions
  • $1,000 or more will make you an ESLC Scholar- this group of supporters will be wined and dined by the executive director once a year!
  • $1,500 will provide one child with an entire school year of reading tutoring
  • $5,000 will fund free books and tutoring for three children for one year

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Introducing "The Teeter Totter"

"The Teeter Totter" by Dean Andrew, is a cartoon series about the balanacing act between children and their tutors at East Side Learning Center. Check out our lastest "Teeter Totters" below and be sure to watch our Facebook page for more!

Cartoon: "I can't read"
Blog: Give the Gift of Reading

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Welcome to the inaugural cartoon for the East Side Learning Center. With this cartoon we celebrate all who support the ESLC and why we were started by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. As tutors, donors, staff, and our partnering schools, we all share the ESLC mission and passion for helping children read. A huge thanks of gratitude to all of you on the behalf of the children and parents of the east side!

Cartoon: "Beginning Sounds"
Blog: Small Acts Make a World of Difference

TT Oink 4 Web ImageTutoring is full of surprises and fun! And, as tutors, we sometimes cannot contain the laughter and must share our stories. Staff member Sister Sharon still smiles and twinkles with joy when retelling this story. Children are sacred and a true source of joy!

Cartoon: "I miss you"
Blog: Spirit of the Holidays

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We sometimes wonder as tutors what is going on in a child's life. When a child says, "I missed you," we know we fulfill an unmet need. At ESLC we smile, we listen, we nurture, but most of all, we love. We also build reading skills. It's the first part, the love, that paves the way to the second part, the reading. And that is how we do it!