AUDIO: Tulsa's Reading Partners Needs Volunteers
The Reading Partners program is looking for volunteers to help expand its mentoring program in the Tulsa School. Currently the program is in 17 Tulsa Schools.
Director Elizabeth Vereecke says the goal is to get struggling students reading on grade level by the third grade. She says students not reading on that level are four-times more likely not to graduate from high school.
Reading Partners became part of the Tulsa educational landscape in 2013 by placing community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading skills.
The one-on-one tutoring model empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide individualized, personal attention to each student in our program.
Only one in four Oklahoma fourth graders is reading at a proficient level and 36% lack even basic literacy skills.