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Classes may
have stopped for summer break, but learning continues.

 

IPS and the United
Way of Central Indiana
are teaming up to help our scholars continue their momentum in reading
and literacy.

 

Six
community centers will host ReadUP programs this summer, and there is immediate space for
volunteers to help students who struggle to read at grade level. Early literacy
plays a key role in enabling the kind of early learning experiences that
research shows are linked with academic achievement.

 

Research indicates that low-income students lose an average of two to
three months of learning skills during the summer months.

 

“Summer
learning loss is an unfortunate and real concern,” said Julie Laginess, United
Way Volunteer Engagement Associate. “It is important to continue working with
students to maintain their reading level.”

It’s easy to help. Simply read one
hour each week with two students — 30 minutes per student — at one of the
participating locations. Or if you prefer, you can work with a partner(s) and
alternate weeks.

 

The
following community centers have immediate openings for ReadUP volunteers:

·      Boner Center at Brookside Park
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (9:55–10:55 a.m.)

·      Boys and Girls Club Finish Line Unit — Tuesday and Thursday (1–2 p.m.)

·      Keenan-Stahl Boys and Girls Club Unit — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (9–10 a.m.)

·      Concord Neighborhood Center — Tuesday and
Thursday (Noon–1 p.m.)

·      Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
Wednesday (1:30–2:30 p.m.)

·      Christamore House — Monday and
Tuesday (9–10 a.m.)

·      Edna Martin Christian Center
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (10:15–11:15 a.m.)

 

The Summer
ReadUP runs through the last week of July. When the 2016–2017 school year
begins, the program will be held in more than 20 IPS schools during the school
day.

 

To sign up
to volunteer for the 2016 Summer ReadUP program or for more information, click here