What We Provide Students

• Individualized lesson plans for each child based on their Fall school assessment.
• Adult volunteer tutors (“coaches”) are paired with an individual student and trained by our professional
teachers to deliver that student’s lesson plan – a one-to-one teaching and mentoring relationship.
• Follow-up testing to chart progress and refine lesson plans.
• A lending library tailored to students’ interests and reading levels.
• A book giveaway program, to build each student’s home library and foster reading at home.
• Summer programs to prevent summer learning loss (“backsliding”) and prepare 5th graders for the rigors of middle school.

Diversity & Inclusion Mission Statement

In order to accomplish our mission, we believe that we must be responsive to the needs of everyone in the community who may need our services. We will create and implement programs using our awareness of cultural differences and treat all clients and staff respectfully. Furthermore, we will create an organizational culture that values people of all racial/ethnic backgrounds, religions,s and gender identities based on our organizational values of respect, integrity, and honesty. Our commitment to inclusiveness will be evident in our organizational policies and procedures.

Board of Directors

Tom Bellinson, ITHAKA
Melissa Bruzzano, Holmes Elementary
Paul Dimond, Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone, P.L.C.
Bill Godfrey, Three Oaks Communities
Jennifer Melchi, Jennifer Melchi Design
Bob Palmerton, Principal, FocusCFO
Jennifer Queen, President, A2AC
Wade Smith, Ann Arbor Housing Commission
Rick Sperling, Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts
Jean Waltman, The University of Michigan (Retired)
Rob Wilson, Sensors, Inc
Kathy Wyatt, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office


Sharine Buddin, Executive Director
Debbie Baker, Program Manager

Administrative Volunteers

Susan Johnson, Data Administrator
Larry Krueger,
Technology Manager
Mary Maynard, Finance Assistant
Jennifer Melchi, Graphic Designer