ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — In an effort to boost reading comprehension, Rockford is looking for volunteers to work one-on-one with 2nd and 3rd-grade students.

Volunteers with the Rockford Reads program will spend one hour a week either reading to kids, or listening to them read.

The program is a 22-year collaboration between Rockford Public Schools, the Rockford Rotary and the Rockford Public Library.

“We also see a huge social-emotional component that the relationship that builds between the volunteer coming in once a week, reading with the same 2 or 3 students every week. That relationship is just huge,” said Rockford Reads liaison Kathy Kwiat-Hess.

Those interested in volunteering can fill out a Rockford Public Schools Volunteer Form.

The completed form can be sent to or mailed to: 

Family & Community Engagement Department
2nd Floor
501 7th Street
Rockford, IL 61104