Reading Partners needs volunteer tutors

Reading Partners needs volunteer tutors
November 03 11:34 2018 Print This Article

The Oakland-based non-profit Reading Partners is looking for volunteer tutors to work with 150 students who are now on waiting lists in 16 schools in Charleston and Berkeley counties. The tutors work one-on-one with elementary school students who have tested below grade level in reading. The time commitment is as little as one hour per week. Volunteers may be a young as 14 and must pass a background check.

The group’s website reveals a survey showing that 100% of teachers in participating schools report that Reading Partners is valuable to their schools and that 95% of volunteers were satisfied with their experience. The website has a statement about the importance of reading: “Literacy is the foundation of all success in learning. Without reading, students do not have the skills they need to be successful in their academic careers, and their life options are limited.”

One of the participating schools is Mary Ford Elementary in North Charleston. The 2017-2018 SC Ready test scores reveal that only 2.6% of the school’s 4th graders met or exceeded state standards in English Language Arts, in which reading is the largest component. The school happens to be only five minutes from my home, so I will fill out a volunteer form and request to be a volunteer there. Let’s all invest some time in our most valuable resource – our children! You can contact the local Reading Partners office about volunteer opportunities at 843-860-3915.

 

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