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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.

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

STAIR tutoring takes place at over 20 locations throughout Orleans, Jefferson, and Placquemines Parishes.
Click here for a list of the locations, days and times. 

Elizabeth Artigues • Volunteer Director • 504.899.0820

Click here for the days/times of each STAIR location.

Arthur Ashe Charter School
Map & directions
Driving • 20 min

Ben Franklin Elementary School
Map & directions
Walking • 20 min
Biking • 10 min
Public transit • 15 min
Driving • 3 min

Carrollton Church of Christ
Map & directions
Biking • 30 min
Public transit • 40 min
Driving • 10 min

Harney Elementary School
Map & directions
Biking • 20 min
Public transit • 40 min
Driving • 7 min

Lafayette Academy
Map & directions
Biking • 15 min
Public transit • 20 min
Driving • 5 min

Lakeview Presbyterian Church
Map & directions
Biking • 40 min
Driving • 15 min

Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church
Map & directions
Walking • 30 min
Biking • 12 min
Public transit • 15 min
Driving • 5 min

St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church
Map & directions
Walking • 8 min
Biking • 5 min
Public transit • 4 min 
Driving • 2 min

Success Prep Academy
Map &
Driving • 15 min


  1. All students serving at STAIR must attend a mandatory tutor training. Click here for a list of tutor training dates.
  2. Pass a background check.