Tutors needed for ReadUP program

Education

A tutoring program for local struggling students is in need of tutors for the 2012-13 school year.

ReadUP has provided volunteer tutors for third, fourth and fifth-graders since 2007 with the intention of helping them pass the English Language Arts portion of the ISTEP. Tutors help improve children’s vocabulary, fluency and comprehension in order to help these students read at their grade level.

Tutors would spend one hour per week with two students, and 30 minutes would be spent with each student. Tutoring would begin in September 2012 through May 2013.

“It’s amazing to see how much the students enjoy working with the volunteer tutors and the difference that 30 minutes per week can make,” said Michelle Hall, a tutor with ReadUP since it started. “ReadUP is a great program and I encourage those who have volunteered in the past to continue doing so and those who have not to consider volunteering for a year.”

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, two-thirds of Indiana’s fourth-graders are not reading at a fourth grade level.

More than 400 students throughout 17 different schools in an average year are helped by ReadUP volunteers.

About 98 percent of tutors reported an improvement in their student’s reading ability due to the tutoring sessions during the 2011-12 school year. ReadUP fourth-graders also scored 36 percent higher than their peers in standardized reading assessments.

ReadUP is a signature project of the Central Indiana Corporate Volunteer Council (CICVC) and a part of United Way of Central Indiana’s education priority.

Those who are interested in volunteering as a tutor in the ReadUP program can call 925READ or email educationvolunteer@uwci.org.

Click here for more information about ReadUP.

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