COOL Literacy Project
SR1 implements the Community Oriented Opportunities for Learning (COOL™) Literacy Project in Hinds, Madison, and Scott counties with students in grades three-eight who are below grade-level readers. The goal of the project is to foster and improve academic success through reading and writing. The COOL Literacy Project provides extensive and innovative literacy services using evidence-based techniques that facilitate an increase in reading comprehension, as well as writing skills. SR1 staff and 64 AmeriCorps members assist students in increasing reading/comprehension levels and writing reports. Students are tutored in reading, language arts, and communication skills. Specialized reading times take place to encourage reading in a relaxed environment, while stimulating discussion among the students. Students participate in on-site book clubs to influence collaboration among students and to facilitate communication while make reading a fun group activity.