Elementary Level Programs: Campagna Kids & Wright to Read

Elementary Level

Our Elementary education programs, Campagna Kids and Wright to Read, offer affordable, enriching activities and learning opportunities like literacy tutoring, homework help, spring and summer break camps, and before and after school care.

Campagna Kids 

Campagna Kids is a licensed before- and after-school program encouraging creative thinking in children from kindergarten through fifth grade. Its programming follows standards developed by the National Afterschool Alliance and provides small-group learning activities that include chess, science, dance, and drama, as well as math and reading clubs for each grade level.

Campagna Kids offers services to families during the winter and spring breaks as well as during the school year, and implements a summer camp program. We provide services on a sliding-fee scale to accommodate a diverse mix of children. Parents and kids alike rate the program as highly effective, based on evaluation results generated through a third-party evaluation firm.

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Hours & Locations

The program runs Monday through Friday immediately after school.  Currently, only Samuel Tucker and James K. Polk offer before-school programs from 7:15 to 8:00 a.m.

Campagna Kids operates at 11 locations:

  • John Adams Elementary School: 5651 Rayburn Avenue, Alexandria, 703-379-8332.  Site Director: Mary Holmes
  • Patrick Henry Elementary School: 4643 Taney Avenue, Alexandria, 703-370-4931.  Site Director: Ezekial Roebuck
  • Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics: 1501 Cameron Street, Alexandria, 703-619-8367.  Site Director: Fahim Ghiacy
  • Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy: 530 S. St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, 703-836-3696.  Site Director: Sean Hardy
  • Douglas MacArthur Elementary School: 1101 Janneys Lane, Alexandria, 703-461-0471. Site Director: Patricia Lender
  • George Mason Elementary School: 2601 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, 703-683-2515.  Site Director: Marcus Anderson
  • Maury Elementary School: 600 Russell Road, Alexandria, 703-683-0054.  Site Director: Nielab Ghiacy
  • Mount Vernon Community School: 2601 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, 703-683-4468.  Site Director: Tahkina Sellers
  • James K. Polk Elementary School: 5000  Polk Avenue, Alexandria, 703-370-8845.  Site Director: Michelle Usher
  • William Ramsay Elementary School: 5700 Sanger Avenue, Alexandria, 703-379-8429. Site Director: Dana Noble
  • Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School: 435 Ferdinand Day Drive, Alexandria, 703-751-1752.  Site Director: Asia Hardy

Eligibility and Registration

The Campagna Kids Program serves elementary school aged children who are at least 5 years old, who live in Alexandria or attend Alexandria City Public Schools. Spaces at each site are available on a first come, first served basis. Parents pay based on income, with opportunities for assistance provided. Online registration is required. Parents who need to access a computer to complete the registration process may come to our office (418 S. Washington Street), where staff will be happy to assist with registration. The hours of operation for registration are Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To ensure beginning on the 1st day of school please register by:

Samuel Tucker: July 22, 2016

Traditional Schools: August 19, 2016

Program Closing Announcements

All Campagna Kids sites follow the same schedule as Alexandria City Public Schools with respect to emergency closings, delayed openings, and early closings.


Campagna Kids parents should pay attention to the local radio and television stations on days in which weather or other conditions might affect opening and or closing times for Campagna Kids.  Weather-related closings and schedule changes are announced starting at 6:00 a.m. on local radio and television stations, as well as on the ACPS Web site and the ACPS Information Hotline (703-866-5300). We strongly encourage parents to sign-up for e-blast, so that these announcements may be received electronically.

Parents may also visit this web site to view weather related closings or changes in hours of service.  To view the Campagna Kids Emergency Closing Policy, you may click here.


For more information, contact Sofia Hayes, Registrar, at (703) 549-0111 x118 or shayes@campagnacenter.org.

Wright to Read 

Frank and Betty Wright created Wright to Read (WTR) in 1979 to "give the gift of literacy" to Alexandria's children. Wright to Read recruits, trains, and supports volunteer tutors and mentors who work with elementary school students on reading. Volunteer tutor/mentors are matched with Alexandria City Public School students who are identified by their teachers as needing help with reading. Our tutor/mentors work with students in the public libraries, primarily.

Wright to Read reunited as a program of The Campagna Center in September, 2017. To support the ongoing program and services of Wright to Read, please click here and enter Wright to Read in the comment box, or mail a check to The Campagna Center, PO Box 25228, Alexandria, VA  22313 and write Wright to Read in your check's memo line. Thank you!

Why Get Involved with Wright to Read?

 • WTR works with Alexandria City Public School students, beginning in grades 1-5, who are at least one year behind their grade level in literacy skills. Many are 2-3 years behind. In addition, nearly all are low income, the majority are English Language Learners, and many receive Special Education services. We perform a baseline test of our students' literacy skills and a follow-up after several months of tutoring, and we are proud to report that 90% of our students made significant gains.

• WTR staff rigorously screen, train, and coach volunteers, match them 1:1 with a student, and ask them to work with their students for at least one year. Many tutor/mentors continue to work with their student for two to three years. Some continue through middle and high school. While tutor/mentor volunteers join us to help a child in need, they all say that their involvement has enriched their own lives beyond their expectations.

• WTR is a year-round, out of school time program. Because our tutor/mentors work with their students after school and on the weekends, there’s no loss in valuable classroom time, and year-round activities help to prevent summer learning loss. 

• WTR is literature-based. We purchase just the right books for our students--books that are enjoyable and appropriate in content at each reading level. This is key to helping struggling readers. Tutor/Mentors and their students also meet in the rich environment of the Alexandria Library. After a tutor/mentor and student work on a book together, the student may add the book to their home library.

• WTR is also a mentoring program. Tutor/mentors become role models, cheerleaders, and trusted friends who build a student's confidence. 

Are you ready to become a Wright to Read Tutor/Mentor?

Thank you for your interest in Wright to Read! At the moment, we have reached capacity for our program and are not able to onboard new students in the 2018-2019 school year. However, while you wouldn’t be working consecutively with a student yet, you will have the opportunity to volunteer at our monthly enrichment activities and/or to shadow a tutoring session. An opportunity may arise to match you with a student if one of our current volunteers can no longer continue. We would be happy to meet and discuss our program with you in more detail and get you started with our application process.  

Please note that we ask WTR volunteers to work with students for at least one year, including the summer. Many of our volunteers have worked with a student for several years. For a student, beginning a new year is easier when he/she has the confidence that comes from having a dedicated tutor and mentor. Please also note that background screening can take up to two months, if not longer.

If you would like to become a tutor/mentor please contact Kallan Wentworth, at kwentworth@campagnacenter.org

If you have any questions please contact Luisa Reyes, Wright to Read Program Director, at lreyes@campagnacenter.org.