The Leap Frog Program, Oxford, MS
What is Leap Frog?
Leap Frog provides reading intervention tutoring and enrichment activities to first, second and third grade from Oxford and Lafayette public schools. Oxford School District’s students come Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Lafayette County students come Mondays and Wednesdays; they are here from 3:00-5:30.
We operate out of one of Oxford School District’s Central office buildings. We tutor out of six classrooms on the lower level, and utilize the outdoor courtyard and green space for free-play.
For the first hour and a half, the students are tutored one-on-one with a trained tutor. The tutors lead their student in completing sequential phonics lessons each meeting, using a phonics program created by the director and two retired educators. The tutoring hour begins with a snack, which provided through Oxford School District. We then lead the students in simple Yoga moves, followed by three minutes of mindfulness, to calm the students and help focus them for tutoring. Afterwards, the groups complete their phonics lessons for the day, and tutors help students complete homework and read books in the remaining time.
The second hour is designed for the students to play outside, engage in indoor games, participate in special programs, and have some free play with peers. Special programs currently provided are, monthly visits from the University Museum’s Traveling Trunks program, and visits from Good Food for Oxford Schools, Pre-Dental groups, Pharmacy groups, First Regional Library’s Book Wagon, members of the National Society of Black Engineers, Ghostlight Theatre group, The Vietnamese Student Association, Studio Whimzy, and various other campus and community organization visits. Exercise is an integral part of the free-play time, utilizing the scooters, jump ropes, basketballs, footballs, and cooperative play with volunteers.
An executive director runs the program, 11 College Corps members help supervise and manage the site, and over 200 volunteer-tutors provide tutoring and mentoring. The director recruits and trains all volunteers at the beginning of each semester, and tracks their hours throughout the year.
Students are referred to the program through their classroom teacher, and are identified as being at-risk for falling behind academically. We also re-enroll as many of our previous year’s students to continue on through third grade.
Our goals are to help 100% of our first, second and third grade students progress to the next grade and read on grade level by the end of the year. Ultimately, 100% of students would make 1.5 years of growth in reading by the end of the school year using the STAR Reading test as the assessment. And, have all students be exposed to the arts and create health awareness through special programs each month designed to touch a variety of interests such as languages, culinary, music, exercise, art, dance, international cultures and health and hygiene programs. This year, we have created relationships with Thacker Mountain Radio show, various community and campus organizations. In the coming year we plan to continue these programs for enrichment hour.
Funding for the program comes from two area churches, St. Peter’s and Oxford-University Methodist, we also write various grants, including to the United Way of Oxford, we have numerous private contributors, and hold an annual fundraiser in the summer.
Community members are welcome to come visit the site any time. We operate Monday – Thursday 3:00-5:30 during the academic school year. We are getting ready to wrap up our spring 2017 semester. Our last days will be Wednesday, May 3rd, and Thursday, May 4th.
To learn more about the program, how you can be involved, or how you can help us achieve our goals, visit our website www.theleapfrogprogram.org, or email the Executive Director, Teresa Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leap Frog has been operating for 25 years, and counting! Every year brings new and returning students. We take great pride in the work we do with these students and enjoy the time we have with them.