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Aug 01 2018

Reading Partners

By Christine Messick for The Island Connection

Reading Partners Charleston, a volunteer-based literacy intervention group, serves students in 17 schools in Charleston and Berkeley counties including two schools on Johns Island: Angel Oak and Frierson Elementary.

Recognized by the New York Times as an “untapped force in the fight for literacy,” Reading Partners offers one-on-one literacy tutoring to struggling readers in Title 1 elementary schools.

Using a research-proven curriculum, tutors meet with a student for one hour each week to develop and practice skills crucial to reading proficiently. For the second consecutive year, South Carolina is the top-performing region in the country, with 91% of students served meeting or exceeding their primary end of the year growth goal.

The organization needs 1,000 volunteer tutors to serve over 800 struggling readers during the upcoming school year. The commitment is a minimum of one hour a week. Training and ongoing support is provided. For more information, please call 843.860.3915 or e-mail volunteersc @ To register, go directly to the website at

Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. Since its founding, the national nonprofit organization has provided proven, individualized literacy tutoring to nearly 45,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools across ten states and the District of Columbia. Visit to learn more about our program impact, or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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