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Enhancing Reading Skills

iRead pairs kindergarten students with a volunteer mentors to give kids another outlet to develop their reading skills. The United Way of Northwest Illinois will use our grant money from the Freeport Community Foundation to train volunteers on literacy activities to share with the children. With the new program, volunteer reading mentors are matched with kindergarten students to assist students to read proficiently by 4th grade.

Mentors meet with up to two students each week during the school day for 30 minutes, and provide patience and encouragement, which will help students gain valuable reading skills and increased confidence in reading and other areas.