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 30 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. 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 at one of the following times:

West Bank: Saturday, January 27: Woodland Presbyterian Church, 10:00am-12:30pm
Uptown: Monday, January 29: Land Building, 1535 State Street, 3:00-5:30pm
Metairie: Wednesday, January 31: St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 3:00-5:30pm

2. Pass a background check.

*Please, contact Ms. Reed to let her know which session you will attend so that she can provide the adequate number of necessary materials.  


Days, times, and available tutoring locations can be found here.

1535 State Street, New Orleans LA 70118

See a list of locations above under Days and Times.

Several of the locations in Orleans parish are near Loyola.

Veronica Reed
Executive Director