- Twenty-five to 40 percent of American children are struggle academically because they do not read well enough.
- One-third of American students are not school-ready when they enter kindergarten not school ready and lack skills needed for a successful learning experience.
- Forty-four percent of fourth-grade American students cannot read fluently, even when they read grade level stories aloud under supportive testing conditions.
- A student who cannot read on grade-level by third-grade is four times less likely to graduate on time with his/her peers. Add poverty to the equation, and a student is thirteen times less likely to graduate on time.
- In WFISD, approximately 23 percent of our first graders were already reading below grade level when they started second grade.
Read 2 Learn Campuses
Our goal is the host Read 2 Learn programs at all WFISD elementary campuses for students in grades K-3. As the number of volunteers increase, we can add students, campuses, and grade levels to the program.
- Submit online volunteer application and information for background check by clicking here.
- Attend the Reading Initiative Volunteer Orientation
- Sign and turn in the Volunteer Agreement Form to a Read 2 staff member
- Receive a student assignment. This assignment includes a specific campus, a specific student, and a specific reading day.
- Show up regularly at the designated campus and change a student's world forever!
"I came to Read 2 Learn hoping to make a meaningful, lasting difference in two young boys’ lives. What I didn't realize was the incredible difference they would make in my life." – Gerald Hohfeld- Zundy R2L Volunteer
"After 30 years in College Admissions, I volunteered for the Read 2 Learn program to contribute my time to an elementary student. What I didn't expect is to learn so much from a third-grader! My brief visits with Haylee make me smile, make me laugh out loud every week. She's contributed so much more to me." – Barb Merkle- Zundy R2L Volunteer
"My name is Demi Zamora, and I’m a PAL at WFHS. My PAL went from a low reading level to level O! He’s a very smart kid; all he needed was a little push and to concentrate on the task in front of him. After I noticed his improvement, he would lose focus and want to do something else. So I set a goal: Each time we read or got through a book, we would talk or play a game. This motivated him to get what he needed to do done and save the fun for after. It was a joy working with him.” Through Demi’s experience with PALS and R2L, her future goal now is to open a non-profit organization that focuses on helping underprivileged kids who struggle academically."
"I am having so much fun being a part of the Read 2 Learn program! I truly feel I am making a difference in a child's life by just letting her read to me and then me reading to her. I never thought I would receive so much joy by volunteering only two days a week, 30 minutes at a time. My little "reader" tells me she can't wait for me to come and read with her. She wants so badly to be on the same reading level as her friends that she doesn't even complain about missing recess time after lunch by reading with me. The icing on the cake? She has already moved up a reading level! I would encourage everyone to be a part of the Read 2 Learn program. It will make you feel great to be a part of something so worthwhile. If you don’t have an hour a week to give, just do 30 minutes which is one day a week. There are still children who need 'reading partners'.” It’s so easy, and you can make a huge difference in a child’s life." – Tonya Cannedy- Fowler R2L Volunteer