Rockford reading program needs volunteers to work with kids

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A program to help Rockford children learn to read is looking for volunteers.

Rockford Reads has been around for 18 years as part of the Rockford Rotary Club, the Rockford Public Library, and Rockford Public Schools.

Community volunteers work one-on-one with second grade students, either reading aloud to them or listening to them read.

Volunteers can help for as little as one hour a week and keep the same students throughout the year.

“The original goal was to help the students academically. But what we have learned over the last several years is that they are gaining a lot socially and emotionally as well, development wise,” said Kathy Kwiat-Hess, of the Rockford Rotary Club.

Volunteers will need to pass a background check to work with children.

For more information contact Amy Ekstrom, Family & Community Engagement Liason for Rockford Public Schools, at 815-489-7295 or email

Two optional training sessions will be held in January:

Rockford Public Library – Hart Building
214 N. Church
2nd floor – Read Play Learn Room
Tuesday, January 14th from 1-2 p.m.

Rockford Public Library – East Branch
6685 E. State Street
Friends Community Room
Wednesday, January 15th from 6-7 p.m.


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