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Planned lessons make it easy for volunteers like Michele Fairchild.

In Oklahoma, 4 out of 5 fourth graders from low-income families cannot read at grade level.  This sobering statistic was a call to action for the Nadel and Gussman team to embrace Reading Partners, a national education nonprofit that works with Title I elementary schools to support students who are reading six months to two and a half years below grade level.  Reading Partners uses a one on one tutoring model that enables community volunteers to help students master basic reading skills and grow to be successful learners.

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Danita Cockrell with her student at Hawthorne Elementary.

With nearly a third of our Tulsa staff  volunteering an hour or more per week to work with students at Academy Central and Hawthorne Elementary, we are determined to make a difference with our student partners. Last year, 90% of students in the program gained the skills needed to read at grade level during the school year.

You can also be a part of positively changing the trajectory of a child’s life by committing just an hour a each week.  For information on how you can become a Reading Partner, visit http://readingpartners.org/location/tulsa/