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Social Justice

Forward Scholars 23-24

Thanks to many dedicated staff leaders and volunteers (including First Church members), Common Ground’s FORWARD SCHOLARS was a resounding success this last school year. About 128 MPS students participating in tutoring grew an average of 3.3 levels in reading versus an expected 2 levels for a year of instruction. Thank you to so many of you for contributing as tutors or substitute tutors, with donations (First Church Share the Plate) and by spreading the word about the impact that we were making together in our community.

Due to this success, we are expanding for this next school year. We will need over 200 tutors in order to provide 1:1 support for K-3rd grade students at 6-9 schools in MPS. We will likely return to many of the same schools.

If you, or someone you know, is ready to commit as a tutor, substitute tutor or provide help such as prepping materials, please sign up at: www.common ground

Additionally, we will be holding 2 informational sessions for new tutors. A program flyer, short summary and commitment form are available at the Social Justice table.

There will be a zoom meeting for potential tutors on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, from 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Contact Dr. Carrie Streiff-Stuessy, Executive Director, to register, for more information or with questions at

Molly Shiffler

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