ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The United Way wants to make sure Stateline students are just as ready for a new school year.
The non-profit says nearly one out of three third graders in Rockford area schools aren’t where they should be when it comes to reading. That’s why they’re using today, the longest day of the year, as a day of action to raise awareness about I-Read. It’s a program that matches volunteer reading mentors with kindergarteners and ideally they’ll stay with the student through third grade.
“When I started with the first child last year in Kindergarten, he did not know his alphabet. By the end of his kindergarten year, he new his alphabet and had started reading," said I-READ mentor, Kathleen Siedenburg.
So far, 400 kindergarten and first grade students are taking part.