United Way Looking for Volunteer Readers and Mentors

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Help kindergarten students learn to read, so they can eventually “read to learn” by 4th grade. Too often children fall behind in reading during their early years and never seem to catch up.

Become a volunteer reading mentor through United Way of Rock River Valley’s I READ program. Volunteer reading mentors don’t need a background in education, just a passion to share a love of reading and as little as 20 minutes per week when school is in session. Your gift of time can drastically change and improve a child’s life.

During the 2013-2014 school year, 371 students were tutored by 256 volunteers in the Rockford and Harlem School Districts. Fifteen elementary schools participated in the I READ program. Students received over 7,500 hours in tutoring time from I READ volunteers. I READ volunteers also distributed 1,500 take home books to their students for the summer.

New volunteers to support the over 80 incoming kindergarten students are crucial in allowing this success to continue. Investing in our children is a true investment in the future of our community.

Apply today for this coming school year by contacting Tonya Thayer Meyer at 815-986-4806, tonya@unitedwayrrv.org or visit www.wevolunteer.org.

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