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United Way of Berks Seeking Volunteer Tutors for Star Readers

by United Way of Berks County

United Way of Berks Seeking Volunteer Tutors for Star Readers

Did you know that third grade reading proficiency is a critical component of learning and an indicator of long-term educational and life success? Yet, more than 43% of third graders (or nearly 2,000 students) throughout Berks County are reading below grade level. United Way’s Ready.Set.READ! initiative works with community partners to tackle this issue.

Ready.Set.READ! is a communitywide initiative that brings together schools, businesses, organizations and individuals to improve early grade reading success. Our goal is to have 90% of thirdgraders in Berks County reading on grade level by 2023 by:

The initiative’s Star Readers program connects volunteer tutors with 1st and 2nd grade students within local school districts to provide supplemental reading assistance.  By tutoring one day a week, the volunteers help early grade students improve their reading skills.

More tutors are needed for the upcoming school year! No experience is required; a training session is provided. To learn more, please contact Darby Wiekrykas at [email protected] or 610-685-4574.