‘Reading Partners Day’ Begins on First Tutoring Day

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LIFETIME EXPERIENCE: This young student shows interest as his reading partner showcases a book.

Community leaders and volunteers gathered at Marshall Elementary to announce the first day of fall tutoring for Reading Partners and to proclaim Sept. 16 as “Reading Partners Day” in Tulsa.
Christina da Silva, deputy chief of staff for the City of Tulsa, spoke on behalf of Mayor G.T. Bynum and presented a proclamation to Reading Partners from the city. In 2017, Mayor Bynum signed an executive order to allow all City of Tulsa employees to take time off to volunteer with Reading Partners.
“We know third grade reading proficiency is critical to a student’s overall academic success and directly impacts their future opportunities,” said da Silva. “We are thankful for the work Reading Partners is accomplishing in Tulsa to engage Tulsa youth and look forward to the continued collaboration with Reading Partners.”
Reading Partners leaders expect to serve 1,745 students this school year by utilizing more than 2,000 volunteer tutors. The greatest barrier to student success is the availability of volunteers, and more are still needed.
Kathy Taylor, former Mayor of Tulsa and inaugural board chair of Reading Partners, also spoke and urged more people to get involved. “Continued growth and student success hinges on community involvement. For every new volunteer giving just one hour per week, there will be one more child who is able to come closer to his or her academic goals.”
Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist reiterated the value of Reading Partners. “We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of the many volunteers who are making a difference for our students.” 
The Tulsa chapter of Reading Partners announced earlier in the summer new local statistics that broke national records for the organization. The tutoring nonprofit engaged more than 1,900 community volunteers to tutor more than 1,700 Tulsa students with more than 55,000 tutoring sessions. This is a new high not only for Tulsa but for the entire Reading Partners network of 13 locations across the country, which includes major cities like Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle.
Volunteers can learn more and sign up at www.readingpartners.org/volunteer.

About Reading Partners
For 20 years, Reading Partners has empowered 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 mobilized nearly 55,000 community volunteers to provide proven, individualized literacy tutoring to more than 50,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools across 10 states and the District of Columbia.

About Reading Partners Tulsa
Reading Partners in Tulsa worked with more than 1,700 students across 26 elementary schools during the 2018-19 school year. More than 1,900 community volunteers conducted more than 55,000 weekly tutoring sessions to help kindergarten through third graders master key foundational reading skills needed to read at grade level.