Let's help them build a better future

All Wake County Public School students have a right to become skilled readers. Some students need more support to achieve this. WakeTogether was created in 2022 to help all students excel. 

The Wake County School System has partnered with the Helping Education Fund, WakeEd Partnership, and many other youth-serving organizations in Wake County to provide structured, intense, one-on-one tutoring for students to improve reading fluency and confidence, and accelerate learning. Community volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring for hundreds of 2nd – 5th grade WakeCounty Public School students for one hour weekly using the structured and evidence-based HELPS curriculum.



HELPS is the curriculum used by WakeTogether tutors. It stands for Helping Early Literacy Practice Strategies and helps students improve their reading fluency. Fluency is how quickly and accurately a student reads. Learn more about HELPS and the Helping Education fund: https://helpingeducation.org/our-programs/



Tutors using the HELPS curriculum can expect: 

  • Clear explanation and time to practice through comprehensive virtual training
  • Scripted and easy to follow plans
  • All materials provided
  • Ongoing coaching from Helping Education staff


Anyone can be trained to become a reading tutor. You will be trained in child safety and how to deliver HELPS, a reading fluency program we are utilizing with Wake County Public Schools. No special skills are necessary, however, interest and/or experience with education and working with children is helpful.



Sign up and attend a virtual or in-person WakeTogether volunteer information session or watch the recorded information session video. Complete a site preference form to be matched with a school near you. 

Check back for summer volunteer information session dates!


Register as a volunteer through the Wake County Public Schools System My Volunteer portal and sign up for a virtual 4-hour training in the HELPS curriculum.

 Check back for summer and fall training dates!


Receive your school assignment and begin tutoring! Tutors work with 2nd – 5th grade students one-on-one for at least one hour per week October – December and February – March.

2023-2024 SCHOOLS

Baileywick Elementary 

Bugg Elementary 

Green Elementary

Harris Creek Elementary

Lake Myra Elementary 

Lincoln Heights Elementary 

Lynn Road Elementary 

Millbrook Elementary

Pleasant Grove Elementary

Poe Elementary 

Powell Elementary 

Reedy Creek Elementary

Smith Elementary 

Southeast Raleigh Elementary

Timber Drive Elementary  

Vandora Springs Elementary

Wakefield Elementary

Walnut Creek Elementary

Wendell Elementary 

Wilburn Elementary 

Wildwood Forest Elementary


If you’re reading to help support literacy in WCPSS for just one hour a week, click the button to complete your interest form. A staff member will reach out to you within 48 hours. 


Questions? Email waketogether@wakeed.org

our partners

WakeTogether continues to seek more community partners to engage students and become partners in this work. If your organization is interested in learning more about partnerships, please reach out to us at WakeTogether@wakeed.org.



For questions or more information, please email waketogether@wakeed.org. 


Media inquiries can be directed to wakeednews@wakeed.org.

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