Many children in poverty are doomed for failure because they lack an effective support system to teach them how to read. 2 out 3 children who cannot read by 4th grade will either end up on welfare or in prison. In Jackson TN, only 22% of 3rd-5th graders are reading on grade level.*
We connect adult volunteers from our community who meet weekly with students one-on-one at their schools during school hours to work on sight word fluency and comprehension.
At the end of the 2017-18 school year,
the students who were coached once a week showed an average of 251% increase in sight word recognition.
The students who were coached twice a week,
showed 262% increase in sight word recognition.
Both reading fluency and comprehension increase when students readily recognize frequently used words on sight.
By targeting one area of growth (sight word recognition),
students will show improvement in all three areas!
It's done at school, during school hours, under the supervision of school staff
One hour of your week for one school year has a lifelong impact on your student (and on you)
The READ Team is 98% volunteer-driven by 380+ amazingly dedicated caring individuals
Whether you help through monetary or book donations, volunteering your time, or spreading this mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. Because of you,
we can save a child
save a family
save a city
one word at a time.