STAIR: Start the Adventure in Reading

STAIR is a reading program for public school second graders who are reading below grade level. Volunteer tutors work with students one-on-one using a professional reading curriculum. Our mission is to improve the reading skills and self-esteem of elementary school students. STAIR has been active in the New Orleans area for over 25 years.


Loyola service learning students will be trained as reading tutors and assigned to work 1-on-1 with a child in the STAIR program. Service learners will work with the same child each time and the bond that develops between them will help foster the learning process.

*Students serving at STAIR must sign up for and agree to attend their regulary scheduled shift through the last day of classes (December 11, 2015). Ideally, students serving in the fall semester can attend the Christmas party (first or second week in Dec) and those serving in the spring can attend the Granduation Ceremony (first or second week in May). Therefore, students must be willing to serve more hours than most service learning courses require.


A student will learn about the New Orleans public school system and the emotional and intellectual development of younger elementary school children.


elementary schoolers • children with low literacy


  1. All students serving at STAIR must attend a MANDATORY training on Friday, September 11, 2015 from 4:30-6pm at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State Street, New Orleans, LA.
  2. Pass a background check.

Click each address for map, directions and travel times

Ben Franklin Elementary School
1116 Jefferson Ave., New Orleans

Carrollton Church of Christ
4540 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans

Harney Elementary School
2503 Willow St., New Orleans

Lafayette Academy
2727 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans

Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church
3900 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans

St. Andrews (Parish House)
1031 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans

St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church
1545 State St., New Orleans

Click here for a list of all STAIR locations.

Elizabeth Artigues
Volunteer Director