Change it Up! for reading

72DPI_Thao_Changitup_MarchThao knew exactly whom she wanted to pick for her turn at the Change It Up! program. Each month an employee chooses a worthy organization for which to fundraise and collect spare change. Thao chose Reading Partners. This organization is leading a movement to close the reading achievement gap.

Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one reading tutoring to students in under-resourced schools across the country. The highly effective program has helped thousands of children master the fundamental reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Not only that, but they show results! In the 2012-13, school year: 88% of participating students accelerated their rate of learning, and 72% finished the year closer to their target grade level, bringing them closer to their on-grade-level peers.

Small change, big impact!

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