Program Description


 The 2019-2020 program year is scheduled to begin the week of September 9. If you know a grade 1-3 student who could benefit from attending Project READS for one hour each week, let us know.

If you would like to volunteer at a Project READS site, we’d love to help make that happen. Please contact us.

I am part of everything that I have read.

— Theodore Roosevelt

Allen County children are born with incredible potential! But before they can realize that potential in full, students must master basic literacy skills. For children striving to reach grade-level benchmarks, mastery may seem an unattainable goal. Fortunately, Project READS and our devoted volunteers have a proud history of inspiring students to become eager and accomplished young readers.

Each school year trained volunteer tutors are matched with kindergarten through third-grade students on a one-to-one basis or in small groups for one hour each week, mid-September through April, at one of our sites throughout Allen County. Meeting after school, tutors offer their students encouragement as they fortify literacy skills by making reading and writing interesting—and fun! Year-end assessments measure academic progress, but broad smiles and treasured friendships convey the true measure of the program: that a love of reading and a genuine concern for the welfare of a child are all that are needed to unlock a wealth of potential.

Imagine how rich our community will be when our children grow up to be part of all that they have read.

Kids Reading on the Couch
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Project READS students receive at no charge:

  • Literacy instruction tailored to their specific reading level and delivered by trained volunteer tutors.
  • New books with corresponding reading tips and/or enrichment activities.
  • Calendars and stickers to promote reading at home with family members.
  • Graduation awards and certificates of achievement.
  • Year-end gifts that offer wonderful summer enrichment opportunities.
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