The Heart of Arkansas United Way has approved a one year $25,000 startup grant for AR Kids Read.
“We are excited to have this strong community-focused organization support our efforts to help children
and their families read at grade level,” said Charlie Conklin, Executive Director of AR Kids Read.
Funds from the grant will go towards tutor recruitment, training, and retention.
This is the second grant that AR Kids Read has obtained in the past year. The non-profit has also received
a two year grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation for $125,000.
“We work on as small of a budget as possible, as we support the efforts of more than 400 tutors who work
with students on a weekly basis to help with reading comprehension. These grants enable us to keep
working to help our community and schools create a better future for our children.” said Traci Wheelis,
In addition to grants, AR Kids Read also relies on the generosity of businesses, churches, civic organizations
and individuals that agree to be sponsors. Currently AR Kids Read has sponsors at various levels ranging
from $1,000 to over $10,000.