Elementary Literacy Program

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Why youth literacy?

While North Carolina has seen an increase in the number of adults with college degrees from 22.5% to 27.8%, Salisbury adults percentage of 23.5% hasn't increased in 16 years. The need for additional support for youth and education is great, especially in the earlier years.

Why elementary school?

According to the National Research Council, "academic success, as defined by graduation, can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by knowing someone's reading skill at the end of third grade."

4th grade is when children make the transition from learning how to read to reading to learn. Children who struggle with literacy at this stage tend to fall further behind their peers as time passes and are four times more likely than proficient readers to leave school without a diploma.

Why we need you:

The 2018-2019 school year will be our third year working with kids and our biggest undertaking yet! We have a new partnership with Communities in School and will be working with 27 1st-3rd graders at three different school: Hanford-Dole Elementary, Koontz Elementary and Isenberg Elementary. We need committed volunteers to meet with their assigned student(s) at at least once a week to work specificially on literacy. These students will be picked by the school as at risk for falling behind and we will provide all materials and training. No lesson planning required! The schools are fully committed to this program and will provide the space required.

How to get started:

Anyone who volunteers within a Rowan-Salisbury School needs to perform the following steps:

1. Submit an RCLC Youth Literacy Volunteer Application Form, found by clicking here.

2. Fill out a background screening form. It takes less than 5 minutes!

3. Sign up for a Communities in School training. The schedule can be found here. RCLC will be at the in-person trainings as well, to go over literacy activities that have been proven to work with students.

4. Take the Child Protection Course. This can be done in-person by contacting Communities in Schools or online here.


We know that this seems like a lot to get started, but our community's children thank you for your time!