Project 76 Celebrates Pilot-Year Partnership with TutorMate

Project 76 and Tutormate launched a partnership in January 2017, which allowed 12 Sixers staff members to spend one hour per week tutoring local first-grade students from Coopers Poynt School in Camden.

The tutoring sessions were held through a Skype-like technology that enabled the students and tutors to view the same screen while communicating on the phone simultaneously.

The school year was celebrated on June 7 with an End of the Year Celebration at the school. At the celebration, the tutors and students had the chance to meet for the first time in-person while enjoying lunch.

TutorMate is the nation’s preeminent online volunteer tutoring program, helping tens of thousands of first-grade students in underserved and vulnerable communities learn to read.

Nicole Almanzar, a first-grade teacher at Cooper’s Poynt School, said her students have made great progress through the TutorMate program. All of her students have exceeded their grade-level expectations and now read at a second-grade level.

“For the students to have a mentor who they never met, it means a lot to them,” Almanzar said. “They are so excited. When they are done, they come away with a huge smile on their face.”

The opportunity to tutor local first graders was offered to Sixers staff members through Project 76, the Sixers Employee Volunteer Program. Project 76 encourages staff members to commit 76 hours of volunteer service in our communities where our fans live, work and play every year.

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