August 10, 2015

Volunteer as a reading coach

Being read to by a Mayor's Reading Challenge participant, March 2014

Being read to by a Mayor’s Reading Challenge participant, March 2014

In August 2013, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild teamed up with Reading Seed, a program of Literacy Connects, and the Arizona Daily Star to double the number of volunteer reading coaches working with students in grades K-3.

That effort was successful—adding more than 600 new volunteers—but there’s still a huge need for reading coaches. Can you help?

Volunteers commit to one hour a week while school’s in session, helping two struggling readers in grades K-3, one-on-one, for a half hour each.

Reading Seed does not require teaching experience and provides free training, professional development, books and materials for its volunteers.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to help a child develop confidence in reading, and love of reading. And reading at grade level by 3rd grade is very important. That’s when students go from learning to read to reading to learn.”—Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

For more information, or to register for training, visit Reading Seed or call (520) 882-8006.