Local reading program looking for volunteers

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Valarie Bracken

A local organization that helps children with their reading skills is looking for volunteers.

Reading Allies, a program run by the Tuscaloosa Education Foundation and Tuscaloosa City Schools, needs volunteers who can help children in first through third grade.

Volunteers must attend a one-hour training via Zoom, and volunteers are needed from the week of Feb. 14 through the week of April 25.

Children will meet with volunteers for one 45-minute session a week over 10 weeks. Tutoring sessions are held at Southview Elementary, MLK Elementary, The Alberta School of Performing Arts, Holt Elementary and Matthews Elementary.

These one-on-one tutoring sessions help get children reading on their grade level.

Volunteer Pam Parker said it’s important that children learn reading skills because Alabama law will at some point require children to be held back if they can’t read by third grade.

“Children learn to read until the third grade, and then they read to learn,” Parker said. “So if they don’t know how to read by third grade, learning stops. Our goal is to have all children reading by third grade.”

If you’re interested, you can sign up to be a volunteer right here.

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