Community members encouraged to volunteer with Every 1 Reads

Goal is to support 1,500 students this year

Have a passion for reading?  Jefferson County Public Schools wants to hear from you!

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio today encouraged community members, agencies, corporations and faith-based organizations to help build students’ reading skills by volunteering with Every 1 Reads, a communitywide initiative designed to help students become proficient in literacy. The program matches volunteers with students in schools and at Out-of-School Time (OST) Learning Place sites, which provide academic and recreational opportunities for students before and after school and throughout the summer.

Every 1 Reads builds partnerships with schools, families, and community members to enrich students’ educational experiences and support their success. Volunteers work one-on-one with students for 30 minutes each week to help them become “reading detectives.” For more information on volunteering, click here.

“Reading is one of the easiest ways to boost school readiness by improving vocabulary, language and literacy skills, concentration, curiosity and memory,” Dr. Pollio said.  “The 30-minute connection you make with a student may be just what they need to become strong, confident readers.”

Dr. Pollio said the district has a goal of supporting 1,500 students through Every 1 Reads during the school year. Volunteers can choose which school they’d like to work with, or JCPS will assist them in selecting a convenient location.

For more information on the program, contact the JCPS Every 1 Reads office at (502) 485-8185.

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