Wolcott Tech is Building Bridges to Literacy
For three years, Oliver Wolcott Technical High School has been part of a program called Building Bridges to Literacy. This program brings students from OWTS to two local elementary schools to mentor students in literacy, become role models to the little ones, and to begin talking about the skills and trades the tech students are learning in the hope that one day these young people will be part of the CTHSS system.
This year, students from grades 10 and 11 completed an application packet and committed to one visit a month to either East Elementary to work with first graders, or Southwest Elementary to work with third graders. From our first visit in October to our last visit – a celebratory visit in May – this program has come to be deeply meaningful to all the people involved. OWTS students participated in reading and writing activities, watched one 3rd grade class use blueprint reading to create their “dream school,” and for the final visit, gave each elementary student a book called What Will Your Beautiful Hands Do Today? with a note from the school and an expectation that students would share the books at home with their families (and have a token to remember our students). In return, the elementary students gave the OWTS students thank you cards that brought some of the students to tears, and memories that will last them always.
Moving forward, this has been such a rewarding activity for our students, that we already have inquiries for next year and tentative dates.
**This program is facilitated by Siobhan Jurczyk, General Education DH at Oliver Wolcott.Back