February kicks off our first 2020 check ins with our third grade literacy volunteers. This year, nearly 100 volunteers are visiting 18 schools throughout Northwest Louisiana. 

Third grade is a critical year when children transition from learning-to-read to reading-to-learn. Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is one of the most important predictors of future academic achievement, high school graduation, and career success. Literacy disparities during the early grades are linked to persistent achievement gaps, and students who are not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers. 

“The children I worked with were all so eager to read and learn which made the entire experience very rewarding,” said Central Park Elementary Literacy Volunteer Araceli Bateman. “One person can make a difference.”

Are you interested in becoming a literacy volunteer during the 2020-2021 school year? Stay tuned for over the summer when we put out our annual call for volunteers and announce training dates.