PRIORITIES: Be a Team Read Coach and impact local third grade reading proficiency

TeamReadLogoDid you know that students who are not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma? And did you know that investing one hour of your time as a Team Read Coach can make a big difference?

Team Read is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in reading! Becoming a Team Read Coach gives every student a chance to be successful in school.
ShelbyCountySchoolsLogoOur  Team Read initiative with Shelby County Schools is helping students read more fluently by working on recognizing and understanding the basic Fry or “sight” words, and we need more volunteers to help tutor second graders with reading skills.

Just one hour a week from September through May (excluding holidays) working one on one or with two students each week for 30 minutes with each student can make a tremendous impact on a child’s future education. All tutoring sessions take place during the school day.

Third grade is when students begin to make the critical transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” and if skills are lacking it can set a child up for future problems in education. Team Read Coaches are there to help make that transition as smooth as possible and give children the extra attention they need to succeed.

TeamReadStudentA fingerprint background check is required to participate (paid for by Shelby County Schools), and volunteers must attend a training session.

For more information about Team Read and how you can get involved with this key part of United Way’s work with Mid-South education, contact Tish Robertson at 901.433.4314 or letitia.robertson@uwmidsouth.org. You can also sign up by clicking here.


About Dave Skorupa

Dave Skorupa is a member of the Communications team at United Way of the Mid-South, Memphis, TN.
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