Read to Grow Initiative
WHAT IS READ TO GROW?
Read to Grow is a local initiative of community partners to improve the reading comprehension of elementary school students in Bartow County schools. Community organizations can adopt a classroom and volunteers go into the classroom to help teachers help children succeed in school. This help is of course with reading, but it could also be with math or other needs. Our commitment to to help the teacher in any way they need to help students succeed. This could include anything from school supplies to clothing. This fall the target is to adopt 20 first grade classrooms in four elementary schools with a goal of 90% of these students reading on grade level by the end of this year. The long term goal is to adopt every first,second, and third grade classroom in Bartow County Schools with reading proficiency scores as close to 100% as possible.
WHY READ TO GROW?
Statistics are staggering. A child who falls behind by third grade in reading proficiency struggles greatly in life. Future government planning on food stamps, school dropouts, welfare recipients, and even how many jail cells will be needed in the future are based on how many children are reading proficient in third grade. Before third grade, students learn to read. After third grade they read to learn. As child gets behind, they become more and more discouraged. This has immense implication as they continue in school and then beyond. A person who has a highschool diploma makes, on average, $5 an hour more than a person without a diploma.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN READ TO GROW?
Community organizations and individuals who have a heart to help children flourish can participate. Community organizations include, businesses, civic clubs, nonprofits, the FAITH community, and more. INDIVIDUALS can also be involved.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR VOLUNTEERS?
Volunteers need to ….. 1. care about kids, 2. willing to working under the leadership of the teacher, 3. go through training, and 4. can be consistent in a classroom on a weekly basis. This does not mean every day but on a regular basis ie 1 or 2 hours a week or more. This is where a group is best. However, if an individual volunteers, they will be assigned to a team of other volunteers so there is continuity to the classroom. Each volunteer MUST have a background check and go through training. The training last 1 ½ hours.
WHAT SCHOOLS ARE PARTICIPATING?
The four elementary schools that have been chosen by the Bartow County Schools are Kingston, Allatoona, Cloverleaf, and Clear Creek.
HOW DO I VOLUNTEER OR OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION?
Call or email David Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-245-8303.