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Read 2 Me shines a light on childhood literacy

Posted at 12:15 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 12:35:54-05

According to, Reading Partners Tulsa, childhood literacy continues to be a great need for the Tulsa community. Over the past six years, Reading Partners Tulsa has grown to accommodate more than 1,700 students with about 1,900 volunteers in more than 55,000 one-hour tutoring sessions at 28 reading centers across the city. Today, only one in four Oklahoma fourth graders is reading at a proficient level and 36% lack even basic literacy skills.

By partnering with parents, teachers, public schools, and community leaders in Tulsa, Reading Partners is poised to address Tulsa’s significant achievement gap and 2 Works For You has partnered with Reading Partners to provide awareness of Childhood Literacy and the need for volunteers.


About Reading Partners

How does Reading Partners select students for your program?

Our program team and site coordinators work closely with teachers and principals to identify high needs students. To be enrolled in Reading Partners, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Kindergarten through fourth-grade student,
  • One month to 2.5 years behind grade level in reading, and
  • Attend one of our partner schools.

Why do you only work in low-income schools?

We believe that reading unlocks opportunity and that every child deserves the opportunity to learn this fundamental skill. Research shows that children growing up in poverty face immense educational barriers and enter elementary school already further behind their more affluent peers.

How can I bring Reading Partners to my school?

You can start the conversation by reaching out to your school’s principal or by filling out our online form. To qualify for our direct service, a majority of the students enrolled at the school must qualify for free/reduced lunch.

Who administers the testing for these students?

Reading tests are administered by Reading Partners site coordinators.

How long are students generally in the program? As soon as students are matched with a tutor they are enrolled in the program. Students are enrolled for two tutoring sessions each week, and on average, students complete 30 Reading Partners sessions within the school year. We evaluate and track student progress on an annual basis. Students are re-evaluated each year to ensure high needs students are prioritized for our program.

How can I get my child enrolled in Reading Partners?

Our students are referred by their teachers and principals. If your child is a student at one of our school sites, speak with their teacher about the possibility of getting them referred to our program.

Find out more about becoming a Reading Partners volunteer.

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