Friday, October 5, 2018

Vello: A United Way of Southern Cameron County / BISD Collaboration

Vello is a very unique program designed to improve a student’s reading skills and their overall engagement in reading activities. It consists of 1 to 1 tutoring using “Learning A-Z”- a blended learning platform with over 50,000 digital literacy resources. The platform also includes a Vello Portal for training and scheduling.

The tutors are local United Way volunteers that make time to meet the students at the beginning of the program. From then on they will monitor and assist them each time the student goes online to utilize the reading/literacy platform. This year, the United Way of Southern Cameron County received donations from Wells Fargo Bank as well as the Public Utilities Board of Brownsville to fund the project for a third year at Del Castillo Elementary School. Not only did both organizations provide money but they are providing a team of volunteer tutors as well. The volunteers were recently welcomed and introduced by Del Castillo Elementary School principal – Petra Torres – at a reception that included all of the second grade students who will be receiving the online tutoring. Traci Wickett, President and CEO of United Way of Southern Cameron County expressed her gratitude to Wells Fargo Bank and BPUB for their support and community involvement. She explained that the Vello program at Del Castillo was one of only a few across the nation and demonstrated the partnerships that United Way pursues across its service area. View more photos.