Become a Reading Success Tutor!
By Sue Baehr, Reading Success Volunteer Coordinator
United Way of Lake County (UWLC) creates programs and initiatives that help fill the gaps for low-income children. The Reading Success Program is designed to improve literacy skills for Waukegan students’ in grades one through three who are unable to read at grade level. After six months of one-on-one tutoring, 99% improved their reading skills and, on average, students within the program averaged a 17 point increase on their standardized reading test scores. We are set to begin our 7th year, serving seven elementary schools in the Waukegan Public School District 60, and if you would like to become a reading tutor, all that’s needed is an hour a week and a love of reading! We welcome both English and Spanish speaking volunteers. To learn more about the program, click here.
Studies have shown that tutoring programs, in which tutors met with students at least two times a week led to more positive student achievement (Power & Cummings 2011). For the 2015-2016 school year, United Way’s Reading Success Program will offer an expanded version of the program in select classrooms. UWLC will now work with Glen Flora and Clearview Elementary School to pilot an effort that boosts the frequency of our current weekly tutoring program.
Reading Success Plus will initially launch in two classrooms at each school, serving approximately 8-10 students. This pilot will enable us to track the expanded program’s effectiveness as well as more accurately measure student participation, test scores, grades and attendance. Visit the link below to sign up to become a Reading Success Tutor, click here.