“The Sky’s the Limit”: my true story of a 2nd grader nearly desperate to learn to read

I won’t forget the moment as long as I live.

During my time as a Literacy Tutor for the Colorado Reading Corps (CRC) as an AmeriCorps and Mile High United Way member, my students accomplished many great things in the 2014-2015 school year. I witnessed the shakiest of student’s reading transform in just a matter of months. Confidence in struggling students imploded more than I’d ever imagined possible. Most of all, I did the very thing I set out to do on day one: make an impact on lives that would last a lifetime.

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DIG AT YOUR HEART STRINGS: Helping a community in need

DIG AT YOUR HEART STRINGS
By D.M.W. Lewis

September 2014

I’d never done anything like it before, but wow, did it feel great to be a part of serving a community in need, I mean.

It was Saturday September 13th, National Service Day, but to fellow Colorado Residents, it’s otherwise known as the one year anniversary of a terrible streak of floods that plagued our great state. Rivers and lakes flooded to record levels, highways and roads were completely blocked, and worst of all, many homes and businesses were plain destroyed. It’s as simple and awful as that. As a brand new Colorado Reading Corps (CRC) member, under AmeriCorps and the Mile High United Way, it was my duty to join in serving a mobile home community in Longmont, CO still affected by the aftermath of the floods. Continue reading

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My AmeriCorps Journey: aka, the most inspiring year of my life

The 2014-2015 school year will now forever be known as the one that changed me forever! Please visit my journey’s page for all of the stories

D.M.W. Lewis with one of his 3rd grade reading stars.  "Mr. Lewis changed everything!"

D.M.W. Lewis with one of his 3rd grade reading stars. “Mr. Lewis changed everything!”

Mr. Lewis at the Denver Capitol building, September 2014, for the official AmericCorps swearing in.

Mr. Lewis at the Denver Capitol building, September 2014, for the official AmericCorps swearing in.

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“The Sky’s the Limit”: the story of a 2nd grader nearly desperate to learn to read.

The Sky’s the Limit by D.M.W. Lewis 5.1.15

I won’t forget the moment as long as I live.

During my time as a Literacy Tutor for the Colorado Reading Corps (CRC) as an AmeriCorps and Mile High United Way member, my students accomplished many great things in the 2014-2015 school year. I witnessed the shakiest of student’s reading transform in just a matter of months. Confidence in struggling students imploded more than I’d ever imagined possible. Most of all, I did the very thing I set out to do on day one: make an impact on lives that would last a lifetime.

In September, I originally began with 17 students between 1st and 3rd grade. Based on the schedule, one of my 2nd graders would have to do her 20 minute tutoring sessions during the start of the after school program here at school. Teachers aren’t supposed to ever play favorites, but if someone were to ever force it out of me, I have a feeling that Madison’s name might come out first.

No, Madison isn’t her real name, but she kind of looks like a Madison, so I’m going with that. The funny/not-so-funny thing is, at the beginning I accidentally called her the wrong name one day. For the rest of my life, Madison, along with the rest of my reading stars are names I won’t ever forget. Each one of them has made an impact on my life in one way or another, and I’m thrilled to have made one on theirs as well.

Out of all the triumphs, Madison stands out as having conquered the biggest uphill.

When Madison was officially selected, the very first thing she said to me in my reading room was,
“You gotta watch for me. I’m sassy!”

I raised an eyebrow and smiled back at her, “We shall see about that…”

Besides facing the challenge of vastly improving her reading skills, she also faced having to do so after an entire day of school already because it was the only time slot left. As with many students, I had my work cut out for me, but I came to Tarver Elementary to dig. The CRC 2nd grade winter benchmark was 97 words per minute (WPM). Out of the gate Madison’s average was in the low 40s at best, there was lots of stuttering and repeating, and her fluency needed lots of improvement. And so, I grabbed my best shovel, and I dug… Continue reading

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D.M.W. Lewis is available for 2015-2016 school #author visits!

For more information, please visit the author visit page!

D.M.W. Lewis presenting The Tale of Tako the Tiger to K-3rd grade at Tarver Elementary in Thornton, Colorado

D.M.W. Lewis presenting The Tale of Tako the Tiger to K-3rd grade at Tarver Elementary in Thornton, Colorado

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Big news on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them #HarryPotter 

http://moviepilot.com/posts/2015/06/02/eddie-redmayne-is-newt-scamander-in-fantastic-beasts-3274100?lt_source=external,manual

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THE TALE OF TAKO THE TIGER IS NOW RELEASED!!!

Blue and yellow tigers do not exist…

Available on paperback on Create Space and Gum Road digital and for tablets.  

https://booklaunch.io/dmwlewis/takothetiger
 

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