Rockford Reads has successfully brought together community volunteers and elementary students to work jointly on reading skills since 2001, and they need more volunteers as we head into 2020.

Rockford Reads is a program designed to enhance the literacy development of second grade students in the Rockford Public Schools. Community volunteers and students work one-on-one reading aloud and listening to each other; increasing student exposure to both print and book language. Last year, over 170 volunteers worked with second grade students over the school year.

The program was started by the Rockford Rotary in 2001 as a partnership between the Rotary, Rockford Public Schools, and the Rockford Public Library. Since its inception this partnership has directly benefited over 4,000 second grade students.

If you can spare as little as one hour per week, you're just the person they're looking for.

Rockford Rotary Liaison for Rockford Reads, Kathy Kwiat-Hess, stopped by the WROK Morning Show on Friday with some details on how you can be part of this outstanding program: