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.

Thank you for your interest in the Campagna Kids program. While each of our classrooms for our full day program starting on September 14th are full, we are accepting applications for our waitlist, where children will be served on a first come first serve basis. 

Please note that you must complete and submit the online application to be placed on the waitlist. Online registration is available here.


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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: Marcus Anderson
  • 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: Fahim Ghiacy
  • 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

Children that attend Charles Barret, Ferdinand Day, and Cora Kelly, may place a request with ACPS transportation to transport their child to a nearby school for aftercare.

Currently, ACPS provides transportation to the following Campagna Kids Sites:

  • From Charles Barret Elementary School, to the Campagna Kids program at George Mason  

  • From Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School, to the Campagna Kids program at William Ramsay

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.

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.

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! If you are interested in becoming a tutor/mentor and being matched with a student either this Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, please sign up to attend our Volunteer Recruitment Event on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 at 6:30 pm. You can RSVP by going to this link: http://bit.ly/WTRJulyinfo

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 have any questions please contact wrighttoread@campagnacenter.org