What I didn’t know when I signed up was the critical need in Kansas to help young children read and how it was made worse by COVID. Statistics are very concerning. In fourth grade, 66% of Kansas students are not reading at grade level and start to fall behind in school. This has long term impacts as they are four times more likely to drop out.* By spending 30 minutes a week helping third graders read, you can see their confidence grow over the school year and their reading skills improve. The teachers track and share their reading improvement over the year, testing progress in both words per minute and reading comprehension. I can’t tell you much it means to hear your reading buddy has more than doubled their reading performance, and at the same time be excited to see you and to learn!
I volunteered at Jackson Elementary and was very impressed with the staff. The teachers really care, asking their friends to come into school to help third grade classes read because students are sad they don’t all have reading buddies, and student advocates funded by the Pando Initiative – all helping these children every day.
Students need our help – just 30 minutes a week – to provide additional support and encouragement. These children are our future and I encourage you to volunteer. You won’t be disappointed!
Hope to see you as a United Way volunteer with the 2022 – 2023 Read to Succeed program!