September 18, 2013
Bringing the Charleston Community Together in Support of Literacy
Reading Partners Charleston to collaborate with the offices of both Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston and Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston this year
For the 2013-14 program year, Mayor Riley’s office has given invaluable assistance in increasing our program’s capacity by providing us with two AmeriCorps VISTA members to work with Reading Partners Charleston during their year of service. One of our VISTA members will serve as an Outreach Architect to develop volunteer partnerships and recruit new tutors throughout Charleston, while the other will be placed as a Community Builder to manage our Reading Center at Julian Mitchell Elementary. This additional capacity at Mitchell Elementary has allowed us to transform the Reading Center from a part-time site to a full-time site this year, increasing the number of students served from 30 to 50, and increasing the number of volunteer tutors from 60 to 100. Additionally, Mayor Summey’s office has awarded Reading Partners a $10,000 grant, which will help us deepen our impact across the region and serve an additional 100 students overall.