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United Way of the Midlands seeking volunteers to virtually read to elementary school students

Young girl reading Dr. Suess book
MRC needs volunteers to help ignite a love of reading for young students | Photo via Unsplash

DYK? Just 30 minutes of reading a week can determine whether a child advances to the next grade or even graduates on time. 

Enter: United Way’s Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a volunteer tutoring initiative aimed at improving reading engagement for elementary students (Pre-K to 2nd grade) in school districts across Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield + Orangeburg counties. 

How it works:

  • Volunteers meet with students once a week for 30 minutes.
  • Tutoring is scheduled Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., depending on school schedule. 
  • MRC provides free training workshops, tutoring materials + support for volunteer tutors.
  • Due to COVID-19 considerations, virtual tutoring options will be available to allow volunteers to read to entire classrooms via the teacher’s smartboard *or* to read one-on-one with students through the use of laptops + tablets. Technology training on the virtual platform used will be provided.

Who can volunteer?

  • The program was created for anyone (think working professionals, retirees, former educators + college students) who can take a short break during their week to volunteer. 

Now more than ever, MRC needs locals’ help to engage elementary students in fun, interactive reading sessions to ignite a love of reading + close the achievement gap. Learn more + sign up to volunteer you can also contact Kimberly House with any questions.