Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, the Junior League partnered with Maplewood Elementary & Maplewood Middle. 1st graders struggling with reading comprehension are paired with 8th graders. Twice a week they meet and are tutored for 30 minutes. The JLLC provides the reading binders and facilitates the implementation and management of the program. 1st grade teachers have seen an improvement in the children’s reading abilities, as well as a positive improvement in their confidence with reading.