IPS and our partners with the United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) would like to thank the kind-hearted volunteers who take time from their busy schedules to tutor our students in the ReadUP program. Remember, there’s still time to sign up and get involved!
Early literacy plays a key role in enabling the kind of early learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement.
We’re encouraged by the increase in the number of ReadUP shifts filled this year. For the 2015-16 program year, 456 opportunities are filled so far – a modest increase of 41 from the 2014-15 school year. Volunteers have served 3,600 hours from August 2015 to January 2016, which is an uptick of 200 hours from the same time period last year.
“United Way and the ReadUP team are thrilled to see increases in students being served, volunteers participating and hours of service,” said Julie Laginess, Volunteer Engagement Associate. “We know that weekly tutoring makes a difference in competency and confidence for every student, especially as they prepare for testing in the next few weeks. We are also encouraged that we will continue to grow participation to include more IPS schools next year.”
Because of the generosity of our volunteers, 332 students at 19 sites are being tutored this year, which is up by 48 students from last school year.