Lunch Buddies In-School Tutoring

Lunch Buddies promotes reading literacy and mathematical thinking among elementary school students. The in-school program additionally boosts school engagement by affording underserved children the opportunity to build trusting relationships with non-family adults.

Lunchtime tutors are needed to assist 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in Palatine (math and reading) and 1st and 2nd graders in Des Plaines (reading). Caring elementary school mentors are needed in Mount Prospect. 

Tutoring Mentoring


Every dollar raised delivers measurable results that support our aims of strengthening foundational math and reading skills and cultivating positive attitudes toward learning.

  • 100% of the Lunch Buddies students in 6th grade achieved satisfactory grades and school attendance. (Spring 2018)
  • Every 4th grade teacher reported seeing improvements in class participation, school attendance, and assignment completion rates among their Lunch Buddies students. (Spring 2018)
  • 52% of 1st and 2nd graders in the program said they always like to read when they are not at school, twice as many as the beginning of the year. (Fall 2018)

"Not only did you build up their reading skills, but you also helped them grow into such wonderful little people and they always talked about how much they loved eating and chatting with you guys!" - Plainfield Elementary School Teacher