This month, we’d like to shine a light on Rebecca Snipes, a volunteer reading tutor for the after school program at Neighborhood Focus.
A former middle school teacher, Rebecca has always loved helping educate others. She’s also helped raise two sons with her husband, one is now a senior at Clemson University, the other serves in the United States Navy. "I read to my boys every day when they were younger, helping instill a love of reading from a very early age," Rebecca said.
She began volunteering as a reading tutor at Neighborhood Focus over a year ago. She works with both elementary and middle school age students in small groups, assisting them with word comprehension, phonics and story context.
“I wanted to work with the students at Neighborhood Focus after the program’s Executive Director Keith Groce shared with me the state of the literacy rate in Greenville,” said Rebecca. “I knew this was an area where I could utilize my education background to help students grow in their reading skills.”
Many of the students attending Neighborhood Focus’s after school program are behind their grade level in reading. Rebecca works with students to help break down some of the barriers to success, and then build up their reading comprehension and building a relationships with them.
“We’re able to provide that extra level of support a student might need to help boost their reading level,” said Rebecca. “Literacy is the key to unlock the door to the success for so many people - if we can help a student read at or above their grade level, they’re more likely to perform better in school and create new opportunities for themselves.”
Rebecca shares a Bible verse that most inspires her, from Jeremiah 29:11-13:
She also finds a quote from Samuel Rutherford’s Streams in the Desert helpful in her own walk with Christ:
Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lander University, as well as a Master’s of Education degree from Converse College. As a now empty nester, Rebecca enjoys cooking and gardening, as well as leading Bible studies with her husband.
We are grateful for Rebecca’s dedication and loving heart volunteering her time to support students at Neighborhood Focus!