Reading Allies FAQs

  • What? We need your help! Volunteer to tutor one second grade student for one hour once or twice a week for 10 weeks. These extra hours of one on one attention will make an amazing difference in their reading ability and attitude! Successful and happy students make successful and happy community members. 

    Who? We need grandparents, retired teachers, business community members, faith based organizations, service clubs, and college students. We know that most adults are not trained to teach reading.  No worries!  We will have a certified teacher at each school site.  The lessons will be planned and materials will be ready. You will listen to your student read, play phonics games, and help them with writing activities. Simple.  In and out in one hour.   

    When? Most of our programs are scheduled from 3:15 - 4:15 Monday - Thursday. You may pick any day (or two days) to work with your student.  If you only have time to help in the morning or during your lunch break, we can work that out too! 

    Where? We are targeting two schools during the first year, but our goal is to provide support for every struggling second grader in all twelve elementary schools. We will begin in September of 2017 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. 

    Why? Did you know that children who are not reading on grade level by third grade are much more likely to have difficulty learning in all subject areas for the remainder of their school career?  Only about 30% of students in Tuscaloosa City Schools are reading on grade level by third grade. Research shows that students who spend two hours per week with a trained tutor show significant gains during the school year.

    How do I sign up? Complete the Reading Allies Volunteer Form.

    What if I want to help but don't have time: Please consider a donation to Reading Allies to purchase books designed for struggling readers.