The best volunteer gig you’ll ever have!
Fifteen years ago, I raised my hand to become a volunteer for a reading program in the Knox County Schools.
It was the single most gratifying decision of my life… and that’s why I’m still showing up. For only one hour a week, I have the honor of helping three first-graders practice and improve their reading. Great Schools Partnership’s Leaders for Readers program serves children in first, second, and third grade who are just on the cusp of achieving grade-level reading skills. Volunteers, like myself, help children reach the goal of grade-level reading proficiency through weekly reading sessions.
Aside from the personal satisfaction and enjoyment, here’s the academic value: Nationally, roughly only 50 percent of children are reading at grade-level proficiency by the end of third grade (Knoxville is no exception). In first through third grade, the academic focus is on learning to read. It isn’t until fourth grade that the focus shifts to reading to learn.
Think on it. One hour a week of your time might go toward helping impact a lifetime of success.
Visit our Leaders for Readers webpage or call 865-215-4501 to sign up as a volunteer or get more information.
Retired Communications/Advertising Executive
Leaders for Readers Volunteer at Ball Camp Elementary