WHAT: 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 Ways 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. Currently, 216 volunteers are working with students and 40 additional tutors are needed.
WHO: 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 Sheriffs Department. There is no cost to the volunteers for the background check.
WHEN: Tutoring takes place during school hours through May. The exact time of day depends on the students 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. The application deadline is Friday, January 22, 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 January 25.
WHERE: Additional volunteers are needed to tutor students at Giese, Knapp, North Park, Olympia Brown, Roosevelt, S.C. Johnson, and Wadewitz.
WHY: Nothing is more important to Racine Countys 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 persons 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. Thats why United Ways Schools of Hope initiative is providing the necessary support for schools, teachers and students to be successful.
About United Way of Racine County
United Way of Racine County advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health: the building blocks for a good life. United Way funds nearly 50 programs, special projects and initiatives, while also initiating and facilitating systems-wide initiatives to create long-lasting change. United Way works in partnership with other individuals and organizations throughout Racine County who bring the passion, resources and expertise to address the communitys most critical issues. For more information, visit www.unitedwayracine.org or call 262-898-2240.