Read2Me helps developing young readers reach benchmark reading goals by the end of the 3rd grade. Volunteers are paired with a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grader who is below grade-level reading for 45 minutes per week during the school year. Trained volunteers use a variety of tools to help emerging readers learn their sight words and 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 3rd grade, students learn the building blocks of reading needed to progress in school—after that, students are no longer learning to read, but using their reading skills to learn. Reading proficiency by the time a student enters the 4th grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success.

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

Volunteer with Read2Me

Approximately 1/3 of Tacoma Public Schools’ elementary students are below grade-level reading, so the need for volunteers is great. Read2Me tutors come from many 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 1.5-hour training at Tacoma Community House (1314 S. L Street, Tacoma, WA 98405) prior to volunteering to prepare them for Read2Me sessions.

Upcoming Orientations:

  • Thursday, January 19th @ 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10th @ 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 24th @ 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Click here to sign-up to be a tutor!

Karen Thomas, Volunteer Services Manager