Schools of Hope Reading Program

High school graduation is a powerful predictor of a young person's future success, and research shows that students who don't read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma. United Way's Schools of Hope Reading Program pairs students in grades 1-3 who are behind in reading with Volunteer Reading Tutors who work one-on-one with them each week during the school year.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way Schools of Hope Program is improving the literacy skills of more than 400 students in Grand Rapids Public Schools.  

The Schools of Hope Program pairs Volunteer Reading Tutors with students in grades 1-3 who are behind in reading to work one-on-one with the same student once a week for 30 minutes during the school day.  No advance preparation is needed.  Materials to use with the students are prepared for you by a Schools of Hope School Coordinator.  Volunteers choose one of the participating Grand Rapids Public Schools locations.

Share time as a Volunteer Reading Tutor!  Two people may share their volunteer role with a student to reduce the weekly time commitment.

Volunteers are required to attend one two hour training session and must clear both Michigan State Police and Child Abuse and Neglect background checks.  A valid driver's license or other photo I.D. is required to complete the training.  

Read about Laurie, a current voluteer reading tutor, here.

“Schools of Hope is making a difference in our community, and Schools of Hope volunteers are making a difference in the lives of children. The time spent with these children can literally make or break their future, because reading at grade level is a powerful predictor of future success in life.” Kevin A. Konarska, Kent ISD Superintendent



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