Read2Me helps developing young readers reach benchmark reading goals by the end of the third grade. Volunteers are paired with a first, second, or third grader, who is below grade level reading, for 45 minutes a week during the school year. Trained volunteers use a variety of tools to help emerging readers learn their sight words, comprehension, identify new words, gain confidence in their reading skills, and more!

One-on-one tutoring with an emerging young reader forms a bond between students and their tutors; this is a successful strategy to help students improve their reading skills. By the end of the third grade, students learn the building blocks of reading needed to progress in school. After the third grade, students are no longer learning to read, they are using their reading skills to learn. Reading proficiency by the time a student enters the fourth grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.

This unique program works within the school during the school year in a Read2Me designated classroom. The on-site coordinators are there to support students, tutors and ensure the program mirrors the curriculum of each child’s classroom. Read2Me is currently working in the following schools: Arlington, Blix, McCarver, and Manitou Park Elementary Schools.

Volunteer with Read2Me

Approximately one third of Tacoma Public Schools’ elementary students are below grade level reading, so the need for volunteers is great. Volunteers are an integral piece in making this a successful program. Read2Me tutors come from various backgrounds – businesses, colleges, faith communities, and many are retirees. Different days and hours are available to meet volunteers’ schedules. Those who are interested in tutoring must participate in a training prior to volunteering to prepare them for Read2Me sessions.

Click here to sign-up to be a tutor.