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Read Houston Read

Elementary Signature Programs

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    Mentor in Person
    Read Houston Read school volunteers donate an hour of their time each week. They are trained to conduct one-on-one 25-minute sessions with two first-graders that will include reading a story, sharing a hands-on activity related to that story, and listening to the child read. Training will be provided, and you will be using a proven system, provided in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Houston, that will complement what the pupil is learning in class under HISD’s new Literacy By 3 movement.
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    Mentor Online
    You can share reading with a youngster without ever leaving your desk through Read Houston Read’s partnership with Innovations in Learning and their TutorMate program. All it takes is a telephone, Internet connection and 30 minutes of your time. First-graders and their tutors read stories and play activities that encourage fluency, comprehension, phonics, and spelling skills.
  • Read to a child. It’s one of the most important things you can do to positively impact a child's future. Yet for hundreds of HISD first- and second-graders, there is no one to read to them and no one to listen to them read. There is no one to reinforce what they are learning in the classroom.

    As a Read Houston Read volunteer, you can help a child develop a love for reading by sharing a book with them. Do it online or in person. It only takes an hour of your time each week during the school year to instill a lifelong love of reading in a student. Depending on which method you choose, you will be trained to:

    • Share an adventure by reading to a child
    • Participate in fun activities that directly relate to the reading material
    • Listen to a child read and encourage them

    You don’t have to stop there. Encourage family, friends, and neighbors to join you in helping avert Houston’s literacy crisis – one book at a time. You have the power to build an important relationship with a student that will make a lasting impression on their self-esteem, ability to learn, and ultimate success.

    Become a Read Houston Read mentor. It will change your life.

    Click here to see a list of schools that are participating in the Read Houston Read program for the 2018-2019 school year. Alternatively, you may view Read Houston Read school locations in a full screen map.
    For more information on Houston’s literacy crisis, please visit the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation website.


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Volunteer voices

  • "The joy of reading opens up your mind to new experiences. It was a pleasure!"

    "They are the greatest asset and all they need is love and support!"

    "It’s been an amazing experience, and I have really, really loved doing it."

    "I saw [my student's] improvement and what a good feeling! Love this program."

    "It was awesome seeing our enthusiastic students as they joined us for a morning read."

    "I look forward to volunteering Tuesdays and listening to them laugh out loud!"

    "I volunteer with Read Houston Read from my desk [virtual tutoring]. It's easy!"

    "Hola Ashley y Neftali de Berry! Me gustó mucho leer con ustedes!"

    "I wanted to EMPOWER our youth!! What an awesome experience!"

    "I just felt like I wanted to make an impact in at least one child's life."

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