Fox 59 joined forces with the United Way of Central Indiana Tuesday to get the word out about reading to children and improving literacy.
ReadUP tutoring and ReadUP reading programs are in place around Indianapolis to help give children more hours of valuable reading time. Through programs like this, the United Way hopes to not only improve literacy in our schools but also graduation rates.
There is a big push to improve reading skills because two thirds of Indiana 4th graders are not reading up the grade level, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress. Volunteers can be placed in pre-school settings where they get to read to children for 1 hour each week. Or there is also the option to help as a tutor for 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students.
If you are interested in being a tutor or reader for area children, there is more information on the United Way’s website.
Fox 59’s Michael Henrich, Jennifer Ketchmark and Brittany Diehl visited East 10th United Methodist Children and Youth Center today. They all got the opportunity to watch current mentors that visit this daycare. But then they all also joined in a read to the kids as well. As you can see pictured above, Jennifer read a book about an amazing dad and how one boy viewed his father.
Michael Henrich also had a blast reading to the kids and did so in an animated way. Let’s just say, this dad knows how to keep the attention of 3 and 4 year old!
And here’s Brittany Diehl with her hands full! The kids loved hearing her read and enjoyed getting involved in the story.
954 volunteers completed nearly 8,000 hours of tutoring for 409 students during the 2010 – 2011 school year. According to the United Way’s website 99% of students believed ReadUP helped them become better readers. 92% of teachers reported an improvement in participants’ academic performance.