Rockford Reads is a local program, aiming to help students who may be struggling academically. The program pairs volunteers with second graders in order to help them increase their reading scores.
Rockford Reads benefits both students and volunteers alike.
“It’s amazing. I just like reading,” stated 2nd grader Khobe Hatley. Hatley is ust one of the students working to improve with a one-on-one volunteer mentor through the Rockford Reads program.
“It can really give me some information that I need to put in my brain. without reading I wouldn’t know about superheroes, nothing,” he said.
He is just one of the 360 second graders in Rockford Public School District 205 working individually with a mentor.