STAIR works with our partner Birmingham City Schools to identify second graders who are reading below grade level. With the help of teachers and school administration, we look for students whose reading skills would improve with bi-weekly, one-on-one attention from a trained tutor. Together, the tutor and student work on reading comprehension, decoding skills, interactive reading, and other activities in conjunction with STAIR's proven curriculum. A hallmark of the STAIR program is the student's ability to work at their own pace, concentrating on the skills that each student needs to master in order to become a stronger reader. Volunteers work with the same student each week, creating a special bond and building their self-esteem.