Northfield Students Need Your Help!


Over the last four years, Northfield’s low-income elementary students have trailed behind their peers in math proficiency by an average of 22%.  Low income students also trail their peers in reading proficiency by an average of 25%.

This achievement gap could soon grow even wider because the number of low income students in Northfield is growing.  This means more students are at risk of falling into Northfield’s achievement gap.  34.3% of elementary students now receive free or reduced price lunches.  That is a 3% increase since Accelerate Northfield was founded in 2011.

We need your help to prevent the achievement gap between Northfield’s low income elementary students and their peers from growing and to help us close the gap altogether.  You can help by tutoring struggling students in reading and math skills for one hour per week with Accelerate Northfield.  By tutoring with Accelerate Northfield, you can prepare students for success in the classroom and later in life. You can help students launch for a life as learning superheroes!

Yes, I want to help! (click here to sign up)
Yes, I would like a volunteer! (teachers click here to request a volunteer for your class)



Happy New School Year!

Welcome to the 2015-16 school year in the Northfield Public Schools. And, welcome to another year of volunteering through Accelerate Northfield.

As you probably can recall, Accelerate Northfield serves as a conduit for matching community volunteers to teachers and other educational professionals in Northfield schools. Our goal is to shrink Northfield’s achievement gap.

Already this year, teachers have listed nearly 200 volunteer opportunities on Accelerate’s matching website. This number certainly will increase as we go deeper into fall.

That means we need your help! Please go to Accelerate’s website,, to sign up for a volunteer opportunity. Or, don’t hesitate to contact me at for assistance.

Thanks in advance for helping our city’s students!


Michael Garlitz
Accelerate Northfield coordinator


News Update from Accelerate Northfield-Facebook

Hello Tutors!

We continue to collect “likes” for the Accelerate Northfield Facebook page. So far, nearly 50 Facebook users and Accelerate supporters have liked us on the social media platform.

It’s not too late to join the party, though.

Our Facebook page contains updates about Accelerate, as well as information about volunteering and some other fun stuff.

Our goal is to collect 100 likes.

If you are interested in “liking” us, please click here to go to our Facebook page.

Thank you!

Amy & Michael

Amy Decker & Michael Garlitz
Program Co-coordinators – Accelerate Northfield


May 2015 Newsletter

Hello Tutors,

Thank you for another wonderful year of service to students in Northfield schools. You all were part of the effort to shrink Northfield’s achievement gap, as well as to bolster academic performance among many of our students.

We welcome you to return to tutoring for the 2015-16 school year, which starts Sept. 8. Watch local media and social media this summer for more details about the upcoming school year.

Still looking for ‘likes’ on Facebook

We are about halfway to our Facebook goal of 100. There still is time to sign up before June 1.

Click here to go to our Facebook page and “like” us.

Amy & Michael

Amy Decker & Michael Garlitz
Program Coordinators

Tutoring Tips

Have a wonderful summer!

What’s Happening Next?

May 31 – Northfield High School graduation

June 5 – Last day of classes for the 2014-15 school year (two-hour early dismissal)

Sept. 8 – First day of classes for the 2015-16 school year