Schools of Hope, a United Way-led initiative in partnership with Racine Unified School District, local businesses, and other concerned community members, provides young children with tutors on a regular basis to increase reading achievement in the early grades.
United Way’s Schools of Hope program is calling for volunteer tutors! In just one hour per week, volunteers can help students in first through third grade become more confident, capable readers.
Schools of Hope volunteers are adults who come from all walks of life. Volunteers do not need any previous experience to be a tutor – all necessary training and materials are provided. All Schools of Hope volunteers must pass a background check prior to receiving a tutoring assignment. The background check is conducted by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department. There is no cost to the volunteers for the background check.
Tutoring takes place during school hours October through May. The exact time of day depends on the student’s schedule. Volunteers are asked to commit to a time that works for them. During the one-hour-per-week time commitment, tutoring occurs for two students for twenty-five minutes each. Busy volunteers are encouraged to form a tutor team with two (or three) friends or colleagues to share a tutor assignment.
Interested volunteers are required to submit an application at www.unitedwayracine.org/soh. The application deadline is Friday, September 23, 2016. Following the submission of the application, volunteers must attend a two-hour training session to receive tutoring information and materials. Training will take place the week of September 25.
Volunteers are needed to tutor students at Giese, Knapp, North Park, Olympia Brown, and Wadewitz.
Nothing is more important to Racine County’s long-term economic prosperity than the development of a workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge required to perform the job. That development begins in the classroom and extends the length of a working person’s career. Research shows that third-grade reading proficiency is a powerful indicator of later academic achievement. A student who is not at least moderately successful in reading by third grade is unlikely to graduate from high school. That’s why United Way’s Schools of Hope initiative is providing the necessary support for schools, teachers and students to be successful.