Staff members in epixtech, inc.'s London, England office have been helping out the local school with a Reading Partnership Project. Finance and Admin Department staffers have been giving up their lunch hour once a week in an effort to help youngsters at the local school—Waterside County Combined School—in their efforts to become better readers.
The project is aimed at raising literacy and numeracy throughout the county. Each participating epixtech staff member is paired with two children whose reading acumen is lower than others their age. Staffers are then asked to share a book with the children for approximately half an hour per child each week.
"The project is already delivering some of the benefits we had hoped for in the children with regard to attitudes toward both reading and self-esteem," said Ray Plimsaul, Literacy Co-ordinator at the school.
Research on pilot schemes has shown that this project would typically improve every child participating, and in several cases, children increased their reading ability by two-and-a-half years in a four-month period.
In addition to giving up their lunch hours, some of staff members of the Finance and Admin Department have also embarked on other fund raising with proceeds going towards books for the school. Computers that were unable to be used in the epixtech office for various reasons have been donated to the school and are now in constant use. They have increased Waterside's ability to deliver an effective technology curriculum to the upper school.
Students from the school will be visiting epixtech on June 16th to see what their reading mentors do in their "spare time."