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Tutor Eau Claire Reading & Dyslexia Resource Center

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Hope Offered.
Lives Changed.

Because of Supporters Like You!

Shared by Ellen Thames, Tutor Eau Claire mom & tutor
“Mom, can I read another chapter today?” I never thought I'd hear those words! My son asked me that question a few weeks ago. Wow! I have to admit I had to hold back the tears. Of course, my answer was a resounding yes! I was so excited about sharing it with his tutor; these milestones are celebrated by all of us.

So how did we get here? I first heard about Tutor Eau Claire when my son was struggling with reading in 2nd grade. I had identified specific problems and was searching for ways to help him. My husband and I were very concerned. I'd heard of Orton-Gillingham reading programs, but I didn't really know much about it. 

Mac became a student in the TEC reading clinic in 2015 and his progress was amazing. He worked hard and the instruction really worked. I wanted to know more! I read as much as I could find about the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading.  TEC offered some training sessions and I attended those. I loved it! The OG approach made so much sense to me and I could see it working for my child. 

What happened next? I completed the OG Associate level training course last summer and I'm currently working on a practicum and tutoring hours to complete certification. I’m a tutor at TEC and I absolutely love tutoring. This approach is multisensory, structured, sequential, systematic and cumulative. It is cognitive, synthetic and analytic, and it’s repetitive to build automaticity. The instruction is direct and explicit, diagnostic and prescriptive, and emotionally sound. These are the principles of Orton-Gillingham and it's how we teach struggling students to read.

The relationships we've made since becoming a part of TEC are so important to us. Mac and I are both learning. Mac continues to make progress in his reading, spelling and comprehension. I am learning more and improving my tutoring skills. Working with struggling readers has been a tremendously positive experience for me. The team at TEC is great. We learn from each other and the children all the time. 

*To learn more about Tutor Eau Claire's programming for students and tutors, visit our website at or contact us at
Help us create more SUCCESS stories like Ellen & Mac's ...................... Click HERE to DONATE TODAY!

We are excited to share that Tutor Eau Claire is a part of Midlands Gives 2017!

Every year, since Midlands Gives' inception in 2014, Tutor Eau Claire has joined over 300 non-profits throughout the Midlands to raise awareness and funding for the amazing work that happens in our communities.

This year's day of giving is Tuesday, May 2nd
from 12:00am until 11:59pm.

Visit Midlands' Gives to learn more about all of the great work being done throughout the Midlands. Click here on Tuesday, May 2nd and your gift of $20 or more will help us continue the great work that is going on right here at Tutor Eau Claire!
"Tutor Eau Claire made a world of difference for my son Dean.  He started to blossom under their tutelage.  His public school teachers were amazed!!!"
Sue Cate works with a math group during Morning Reading Clinic
Summer Surge Registration Now Open!
Kinder & 1st Grade Girls Receive Reading Assessments

Tutor Eau Claire is in it's 4th year of partnering with Girl Scouts of SC - Mountains to Midlands, Daisy Power Project that assesses the emerging reading skills of Daisy Scouts and provides parents with information designed to support reading success.

This Fall, girls from 19 Midlands' troops and 6 Upstate troops were assessed by Tutor Eau Claire assessors. In total, 183 Kindergarten and First Graders have participated in the 2016-17 program to date. Processing this incredible amount of data has been greatly enhanced thanks to computer guru volunteer, Mike Leonard.

Post assessments for each girl are being conducted throughout April and May. Each girl's parent will receive a written evaluation of their child's progress and recommended learning opportunities based on assessment results.

Helpful Hints for Reading workshops and a copy of the Helpful Hints for Reading manual are provided at no cost to families as part of the Daisy Power Project.
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Trena & Tracy representing the group Tutor Eau Claire sent to the Sourthern Region IDA Conference in Greenville, SC, March 24-25th
Thank you St. Martins of the Fields' Cloak and Sword Foundation!  Your grant helps provide scholarships for kids like us!

Associate Level Orton Gillingham Training

For the 2nd year, Tutor Eau Claire is hosting Janet Jones, Fellow, AOGPE for Associate Level Orton Gillingham training.

Classes will be held July 5-14 at our center in Columbia. Only a few spaces remain, so get your deposits in soon!  More details available here.

Learn more about Tutor EC!
Click here for a Volunteer Application!

Save the Dates!

September 5
Morning Reading Clinics begin for Fall
After School Reading Clinics begin for Fall

We need your help!

The waiting list for services offered through Tutor Eau Claire continues to grow. We currently have 10 students hoping to find a space in our program! It breaks our hearts to turn families away - we know the work we do changes the trajectory of students' lives forever. We see it happen every day.

Be Part of the Solution!
 We train volunteers to use the Barton Reading System to work with a mildly dyslexic child 2 days/week, for 1-hour lessons.  Your two hour investment can save a child from a lifetime of illiteracy! Contact us at to learn more.

2) GIVE:
Every student we serve receives a substantial discount to the actual cost of services received. The majority of our students take advantage of additional fee reductions based on income. We desire to help every family that walks through our doors ... please help!

Your gift of any amount helps us cover expenses to provide tutoring services, assessments, workshops and training to the 1:5 students in our community who struggle to learn to read.
  • As little as $10 provides a copy of our Helpful Hints for Reading manual to a family in need or a teacher working with students in our schools.
  • $20/month closes the gap between our highest paying students and the actual cost to provide services.
  • $50/month closes the gap between our lowest income students and the cost to provide services.
  • A one time gift of $1,250 trains an Orton Gillingham Associate Level tutor.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax-deductible.
 Learning Center volunteers Trena Beckham & Chris Traylor assist a student working on Lexia web based language training

Thank You Eau Claire Presbyterian Church for the use of your facilities & for your faithful prayer support of our work at TEC!

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