WakeEd works collaboratively with the Wake County Public School System, businesses, and community volunteers to ensure that every student graduates with the tools needed to succeed in a global economy. Perhaps no tool is as important as a strong ability to read.
From kindergarten to third grade, students are learning to read. By the time they arrive in fourth grade, students are reading to learn. This means students who are not reading on grade-level at the end of third grade can begin to fall behind in all school subjects — not just reading.
In 2016, 31% of third graders in Wake County were not reading at grade-level.
These students are more likely to struggle throughout the rest of their school experiences. They are more likely to drop out, live in poverty, or become negatively involved in the judicial system. WakeEd Partnership is committed to helping children reach this critical milestone.
Partners Read places mentors into WCPSS elementary schools to read with struggling first and second grade students. Volunteers from businesses or community organizations have the unique opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with Wake County students, as they help them increase confidence and enjoyment in reading. Additionally, students add the books that they have read with their mentors to their personal libraries.
During each session, mentors read a book with their student. The child keeps the book for the week, with the goal that they will be able to read the book independently when their mentor returns the following week.
Partners Read is a nationally recognized program with The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
“The WakeEd Partnership Partners Read program is great! I love the simple and effective plan, and it is a JOY to witness. All of our first graders showed up excited. The volunteers were engaging and interested in the kids. LOVE it!”
-Jasmine Barcelona, K-2 Literacy Coach
Wilburn Elementary School
Lawyers Read in WCPSS Schools (3:00) – Originally called “Lawyers Read,” Partners Read started as a joint program by WakeEd Partnership, the Wake County Bar Association and Wake County Public Schools. The program placed area lawyers in Wake County schools to read with elementary school children. The program continues today with many more businesses and schools in Wake County.
Mentors read with students over 10 weeks for approximately 30-45 minutes per week. Volunteers are assigned to a school located near their home, business, or organization. Businesses and organizations are responsible for providing the books that children receive.
It only takes $100 to pair a struggling first-grade student with a volunteer reader and give them 10 books for their personal library. Your donation is at work for an entire school year, as each student becomes more confident and excited about reading.
To learn more about Partners Read, contact:
Director of Programs
(919) 780-5235 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Working as a Community
WakeEd believes that a single organization cannot tackle this program alone. The knowledge gained by collaboration can improve policies and practices for all as we work toward raising healthy and successful children. We are committed to working with nonprofits, community groups, and many other organizations to help tackle the problem of early child literacy.