Reading Allies: A Positive Future for Alabama
The future of the State of Alabama will be shaped by the students who are sitting in K-12 classrooms today. A critical component of the success of these 722,000 students is the ability to read on grade level, particularly by the end of third grade.
Fifty-two percent of Alabama’s third graders are not reading on grade level by the end of their third grade year, leading to years of potential educational, economic, and social hardship. Reading Allies is working collaboratively to ensure the promise of a positive future for all of Alabama’s students through a focus on elementary literacy.
Combining the resources of higher education entities, businesses, corporations, foundations, civic groups, individuals, and school systems, Reading Allies mobilizes a community of volunteers to work one-on-one with striving readers in local schools to bring students up to grade level.
Reading Allies began in Tuscaloosa through a collaborative effort among the University of Alabama Honors College, the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club, and the Tuscaloosa City Schools. Reading Allies works in partnership to bring groups of striving readers up to grade level and any contribution, whether it be $5 or $500, will help sustain and expand the program across West Alabama and provide enriching experiences for our Honors College students who participate as interns and volunteer tutors.