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United Way’s Midlands Reading Consortium seeking volunteer tutors to enhance students’ literacy

United Way of the Midlands is seeking volunteer tutors for this year’s Midlands Reading Consortium | Photo provided

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

United Way of the Midlands is looking for volunteers to support the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) — a tutoring initiative that helps pre-K through third-grade students improve their reading proficiency — for the 2021-2022 school year. MRC is a partnership between United Way of the Midlands and 27 Midlands elementary schools across Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield + Orangeburg counties. 

Volunteers tutor students once a week during the school year (early Sept.-May) to help ensure they are reading proficiently by third grade, key to later success. As a tutoring session lasts for just 30 minutes, many volunteers choose to work with 2 students back-to-back for 1 hour/week to increase their impact.

And it works. According to 2020-2021 MRC survey results, 95.8% of teachers agreed that MRC increased students’ interest in reading. 👏 Ⓟ