Improving reading skills, one student at a time
We partner with The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia to provide the Team Read program. Through Team Read, elementary students receive one-on-one reading tutoring by volunteers during school hours.
Volunteer just one hour a week
Community volunteers receive a brief training in the fall and ongoing support throughout the year. Volunteers are assigned to a school where they will volunteer twice per week for 30 minutes per tutoring session.
During October through early June, volunteers are paired with kindergarten, first-, second- or third-graders who are specifically selected by their teachers. Volunteers work with students that are in need of extra support in order to be at grade level in reading. Students with a behavior plan or specific reading intervention are not eligible for the program. Volunteers must be an approved district volunteer and are supervised by an on-site coordinator.
A typical 30-minute tutoring session includes:
- The child and tutor read aloud to each other from provided books.
- The child receives support with high frequency words, decoding, comprehension and vocabulary for a few minutes each session.
- Team Read provides the student with positive reinforcement for motivation and effort in reading, such as books and stickers.
If you are interested in volunteering for Team Read, please fill out the Kennewick School District Volunteer Application.