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Read Fort Worth launches effort to recruit 1,000 reading volunteers

Posted July 3, 2019

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Volunteers will read with students each week, starting in late September and will continue through May 2020.

Read Fort Worth is undertaking the most ambitious service project in its history by assisting in the coordinated recruitment of at least 1,000 reading volunteers as part of a comprehensive reading volunteer initiative to support Fort Worth ISD, along with community partners Read2Win and Reading Partners.

Recruitment for reading volunteers launched July 1 and continues throughout the 2019-20 school year. Reading volunteers will be asked to commit one hour per week on campuses across the district beginning this fall, reading with students from kindergarten to third grade.

“Becoming a reading volunteer is rewarding, and the positive impact on the volunteer and student is special,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado said. “This effort supports ensuring that 100 percent of Fort Worth ISD third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.”

“We know that not all children start the educational race at the same educational starting line,” Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner said. “What we have is an opportunity gap — not an achievement gap. The strategic use of volunteers will support our comprehensive effort.”

Get more information on the Read Fort Worth website. Read Fort Worth will contact prospective reading volunteers and coordinate a background check with Fort Worth ISD. Qualified reading volunteers will receive training before being connected with a campus reading program.

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