Partners Read

placing volunteers into wcpss elementary schools to support elementary literacy

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Being able to read on grade-level by the third grade can change a child’s life. Partners Read places volunteers into WCPSS elementary schools to read with developing first and second grade readers and provides books to fill students’ home libraries.


of Wake County Public Schools

Have Participated in Partners Read

Wake County Students

Have Participated in Partners Read

Wake County Schools

Have Participated in Partners Read

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 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.

Volunteers from businesses or community organizations have the unique opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships with Wake County students through Partners Read, as they help them increase confidence and enjoyment in reading. Additionally, students add the books that they have read with their partners to their personal libraries.

During each session, volunteers read a book with their student. The child takes the book home, with the goal that they will be able to read the book independently when their partner returns the following week.

Partners Read is a nationally recognized program with The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

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Volunteers 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 20 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.

How to Donate

To learn more about Partners Read, contact:

Carol Allen

Program Coordinator

(919) 780-5207 |

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  Raleigh, NC 27609 | (919) 821-7609

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