Rockford Reads has successfully brought together community volunteers and elementary students to work jointly on reading skills since 2001, and they need more volunteers this year.

Rockford Reads is a program designed to enhance the literacy development of second grade students in the Rockford Public Schools. Community volunteers and students work one-on-one reading aloud and listening to each other; increasing student exposure to both print and book language. Last year, over 170 volunteers worked with second grade students over the school year.

The program was started by the Rockford Rotary in 2001 as a partnership between the Rotary, Rockford Public Schools, and the Rockford Public Library. Since its inception this partnership has directly benefited over 3,000 second grade students.

If you can spare as little as one hour per week, you're just the person they're looking for. Here are some of the details, courtesy of the Rockford Rotary:

Community volunteers are the heart of the program, giving as little as one hour per week to read with students at an elementary school of their choice. Community volunteers read with students through the end of May and can start anytime during the school year.

Community volunteers are required to complete and sign a Volunteer Information Form, including a Background Check Authorization. Volunteers will also select the school(s) and day(s)/time(s) available.

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