Volunteers promote literacy at Florence Elementary School in Hillcrest and Johnson Elementary and Magnolia Elementary schools in El Cajon, through classroom tutoring and reading incentives. Volunteers partner with classroom teachers to assist individuals and groups of students to improve reading proficiency in comprehension and word recognition.
Awards of magazine subscriptions and other incentives encourage student achievement. Book Buddy partners also receive library books from our Assistance League through our business partnerships with Barnes and Noble and BookStar.
In collaboration with Florence Elementary School’s Prime Time After School Program and San Diego Ballet, our Assistance League provides standards-based, weekly dance classes for third and fourth graders. Assistance League of Greater San Diego provides ballet clothing and shoes for each student, maintains liability insurance for program activities, and funds a ballet teacher from San Diego Ballet. Our volunteers supervise and assist during the classes and bring freshly laundered leotards and tights to class each week.
The culminating activity of the school year is an Annual Spring Dance Recital attended by the parents and school staff, followed by pizza and desserts provided by Assistance League. The children love dancing for an audience and are enamored by seeing a professional ballerina perform at their recital. The Master of Ceremonies is San Diego Ballet Artistic Director, Javier Velasco.