Volunteers are making a difference in the reading skills of local second graders.  That is the message from the Alton School District, which says the Reach Out and Read program has provided thousands of shared reading experiences for second graders in Alton schools since its launch two years ago.

Students are able to share a book with an adult who provides attention, literacy support, positive feedback, and encouragement.  The goal is to get these students to read at or above grade level by the time they enter third grade.  Some studies show kids that are not hitting that mark only go on to college at a rate of 20%.  The program has expanded to include first grade students this year, so volunteers are being recruited.  To learn more, call 618-433-7825.

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