Some time ago, church leaders in the Austin area began to ask city leaders what they could do to make the most positive impact on our community. What they heard surprised them…
Studies show a strong link between third-grade reading proficiency and future prospects for a positive adult live. A student who moves through the 3rd grade without reading will most likely face a very difficult future.
So the church in Austin began to ask, “What can we do to help?” This is where Education Connection was born and Restoration is excited to be a part of it by serving as the Coordinators for Old Town Elementary.
Currently there are 500+ literacy partners serving 6 ISD’s across Central Texas. Student test results have consistently shown improvement in reading levels and confidence over previous years. The school opportunities to be involved continue to grow.
“I grew up in what would have called an ‘at risk’ environment. One of the factors that saved me from a hard life was that at an early age, I discovered the joy of reading. I can say from first hand experience how powerful of a gift it is to help a student learn to read!” _Simon Guevara
There’s not much more to say about being a Literacy Partner because it’s so simple to make a difference. Literacy Partners agree to spend (at least) 30mins a week in the school reading with 2 students for 15 mins each. They read for 7mins then you read a book of your choice back to them.
Would you consider investing 30 minutes a week to make an impact in the life of a child? Check out these volunteer roles and let us know where you’d like to serve.