Increase awareness in the community of the need for grade level reading proficiency.
Increase childhood reading proficiency by placing and supporting volunteer tutors in schools and by providing literacy resources to children.
Build engagement within the communities we serve.
THE LITERACY CRISIS IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Central Arkansas community leaders identified K-12 education as the top issue affecting the economic future of Arkansas. Between kindergarten and third grade, children learn to read; from fourth grade onward, they read to learn.
- Currently, 7 out of 10 Central Arkansas fourth graders are reading below grade level.
- 65% of these students will drop out of high school, end up on welfare, or end up in the prison system, if no productive action is taken.
Our high-impact community service strategy leverages the power of volunteers. The goal is to help children attain reading level proficiency by the end of third grade.
OUR ROOTS & MISSION
Founded in 2012, this volunteer-based literacy intervention is designed to provide struggling readers with trained tutors who donate one hour each week. Tutors provide students with more opportunities to read by using easy-to-implement tutoring methods. Tutors work one-on-one, building relationships between student and tutor that create an environment that is ideal for learning.
Our mission is to improve the future of Arkansas children and families by advancing literacy education through community engagement and tutoring so that all children can read proficiently by the end of third grade.