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Emerson School: “Mentoring is so much fun, I look forward to it each week.” 

If you can spare an hour each week during the school day, you can make a positive difference in a child’s education. Seven years ago, Jewish Congregations for Social Justice “adopted” Emerson School on Madison’s east side, and we have been supporting their academics and family programming ever since. We would love to have you join us for the 2019–20 school year.

We are currently recruiting for adults who want to work with elementary-age children on reading and math skills:

-Reading mentors work with beginning readers. Your job is to help children build skills and discover  the joy of reading. 

-Math mentors work with children on basic math concepts and lessons. You don't have to be a math whiz; many kids need support with very basic math facts and strategies that most adults are comfortable with. 

For both kinds of mentors, the teachers will provide instructions and materials and the school will provide training. You need to be able to commit to an hour each week, usually at the same day and time, at the school (2421 East Johnson St.). You suggest some available times and the school will try to find a match that will work for you. Pairing will begin in October.

Emerson is a great community school with a dynamic principal and devoted staff. The student body is diverse in race, income, and English language ability. The school has shown better-than-average growth in the students’ literacy and math skills over the last few years, and we like to think that our mentors have played some small part!

Jewish Congregations for Social Justice is lucky to participate in this special program, and we would love to have you join us. If you want to learn more, please contact Marcia Vandercook at

August 13, 2020 23 Av 5780