Motivated by her 12-year old son’s struggles to read, Reading Assist Founder Virginia (“Ginger”) Biasotto developed a multi-sensory, phonics-based reading curriculum based on her studies of the Orton-Gillingham methods. Determined that other children would not suffer as her son had, Ginger taught the method to friends and neighbors, many of whom worked with their own children before volunteering to work with students in area schools.
1989 - Reading Assist Becomes 501 (c)(3)
Ginger incorporated her growing organization as the Reading Assist, a 501(c)(3), and began training more volunteer tutors. Reading Assist soon became a recognized authority on reading intervention for elementary students, and its trained tutors were providing reading intervention for students in schools throughout New Castle County.
2000-2006 - Reading Assist Receives Awards, Builds Program
Reading Assist received many excellence awards including the Superstars in Business Award of Excellence. Ginger published “Educating Andrew,” a chronicle of her son’s learning differences and the methods that helped him become a better reader, which serve as the foundation for the Reading Assist program. Reading Assist also grew its volunteer force and worked to improve student reading statewide.
2013 - Reading Assist Advises Delaware Board of Education
The Delaware Board of Education turned to Reading Assist for guidance about the best ways to teach literacy and support struggling readers.
2015 - Reading Assist Fellowship Program Begins
In 2015, Reading Assist created the Reading Assist Intervention Corps – now known as Reading Assist Fellows – in partnership with AmeriCorps Delaware and the Colonial School District to provide students with more intensive, consistent reading intervention – one-on-one, 45 minutes a day, five days a week – to more students.
2020 - Reading Assist Program Continues to Expand
Today, Reading Assist has thousands of graduates who learned to read through the program Ginger created. Our program serves more than 160 students in New Castle County public and charter schools each year, marking more than 50% growth since our pilot year. We continue to expand to serve new schools each year and work to ensure fewer struggling readers are left behind.
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Reading Assist is a US tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID Number: 51-0317415). Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
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At Reading Assist, we believe diversity of thought and ideas makes our work stronger. To achieve this, we must draw from a wide range of perspectives. Reading Assist aims to ensure the children we serve see themselves reflected in those who teach them. We serve a diverse population, and are committed to ensuring our organization reflects and celebrates diversity of culture and thought. We strive to include people in our organization from all backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and national origin.