Survey Says new fundraiser to help worthy Steamboat cause
The mission of Steamboat Reading is to help those struggling with reading find resources they need to overcome those challenges and find a path to success in school.
Now the organization is hoping that a fundraiser presented by Colorado Group Reality called “Survey Says” will help Steamboat Reading with the funds needed to bring its services to students in Steamboat. The event is scheduled to take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Library Hall in the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
“Our mission is to provide a community of support to struggling readers and their families,” said Kim Schulz, executive director of Steamboat Reading. “We provide one-on-one tutoring service, learning evaluations that can diagnose learning disabilities, and advocacy services that support parents and work in partnership with the schools when their child has an (Individual Learning Plan) or a 504 plan.”
Schulz, who has a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree with an emphasis in Literacy, said that when children struggle with reading and writing, it can affect their desire to learn, their confidence and their attitude about learning. She founded Key to Learning, a private tutoring business providing intensive one-on-one support in reading and writing, many years ago to address these issues. In 2017, she joined forces with co-founder Beth Melton, who is now also a Routt County commissioner, and transitioned into Steamboat Reading. The program moved to new offices at 100 Park Ave. shortly after that.
“We’re definitely pushing into the hundreds at this point,” Schulz said. “I started working with kids in 2014 on my own, and now we have 12 contractors that work with us. Some are teachers, two are evaluators and one’s an advocate. We keep adding more teachers, and this year will hire two more full-time employees.”
To help keep the program growing, and to make sure they are affordable to those that don’t have the financial means to pay for a tutor, the organization is planning a fundraiser called “Survey Says.”
Schulz is hoping the event, which is a Family Feud-style game night, will be a good time for the four-person teams that are lucky enough to sign up for the event. The game will be limited to eight four-person teams, who can sign up for $250 per team to compete for bragging rights and prizes. She also hopes it will be entertaining for those who purchase a $25 ticket to be a part of the audience.
Teams will be required teams to answer questions with hopes of matching the top responses of people who filled out a survey in which they will be asked to name, for example, their favorite winter time activity, or to name an Olympian, landmark or the most popular place to host a kid’s birthday party.
To get those responses, East West Partners is sponsoring a survey of Steamboat residents. Schulz said the organization has had about 30 people respond to the survey already but is hoping to get a few more residents to offer their input. The survey is available at steamboatreading.org. Click on the events page and scroll down to the bottom of the page for a link to the survey. Interested teams can also sign up on this page, and audience tickets can also be found there.
First-place winners receive $1,500, and all proceeds from the event benefit Steamboat Reading.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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