Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | July 23, 2012

Biz Volunteers Needed In Providence For 3rd Grade Reading Success

Ensuring that all children are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade is a critical piece of the educational pipeline and a foundational issue when it comes to addressing the grave concern of workforce development in Rhode Island.  GPCC understands that the business community is one of the main stakeholders when it comes to promoting systemic change in education efforts, particularly the focus on reading proficiency.  As a result, GPCC, along with the Rhode Island Foundation and the City of Providence, joined the Every1Reads campaign to help Providence achieve its early and elementary literacy goals.

Business leaders can significantly impact the success of this important “reading matters” initiative.  Corporate Champions for Grade Level Reading suggest the following:

  • Recruit 10 Providence Reads Volunteers from your business to tutor students once a week
  • Sign Ready Nation Pledge at www.readynation.org
  • Facilitate Parent Education:   Host a grade level workshop;  Provide time off to your employees so they can attend a parent workshop
  • Sponsor Providence Reads Initiatives:  Read in PCL summer reading program; Donate books to PCL or Reach Out and Read;  Help fund Providence Reads PSA

The outcomes of these collective efforts are measurable and important.  Students who participate in this program and others like it have accelerated reading skills acquisition; increased vocabulary; learn 30% faster than their peers who received no support; and are influenced by their reading mentor in expanding their education experiences and career considerations.

To learn more contact educationprov@providenceri.com


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