The Leap Frog Program, Inc.


Mission

Mission:
The mission of Leap Frog is to provide a nurturing environment in which “at-risk” students can develop and enhance necessary skills for academic success, build productive, ongoing relationships with adults, and improve their self-esteem.

Vision:

A community in which all children can recognize their gifts,
achieve their goals, and realize their dreams!

Programs

Leap Frog provides reading intervention tutoring to first-, second-, and third-grade students that have been identified by their classroom teachers and school counselors as being at-risk for falling behind academically. 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. For the first hour and fifteen minutes, the students are tutored one-on-one with a trained tutor. The tutors work with their student to complete their daily phonics lesson, review spelling and vocabulary, and assist with homework. The tutoring hour begins with a snack, which is provided, and then we lead the students in simple Yoga moves, followed by three minutes of mindfulness, to calm the students and help focus them for tutoring. After the students complete their phonics lesson and homework, they use the remaining time to read aloud with their tutor, choosing books from our color-coded library. The second hour is designed for the students to play outside, engage in indoor games, participate in special programs, and have free play with peers. Special programs currently provided are, monthly visits from the University Museum’s Traveling Trunks program, and visits from the Ole Miss Women’s Soccer team, Good Food for Oxford Schools, Pre-Dental groups, Pharmacy groups, members of the National Society of Black Engineers, The Hip Hop Rebs, 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, two retired educators assist during the tutoring hour, 9 lead volunteers, some of which are members of College Corps, help supervise and manage the site, and over 200 volunteers provide tutoring and mentoring. We would like to hire a part-time assistant or reading specialist to help improve the personalized student interventions and tutor training. We plan to continue to use mindfulness training to improve students' mental and social health by teaching focus and self-discipline. As well as continue to add unity to the community by building relationships between college students and underachieving elementary students.

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