South Carolina

Reading Partners has been a part of the Charleston educational landscape since 2013, when we merged with Book Buddies and began placing community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading. Our one-on-one tutoring empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide individualized, personal attention to each student in our program.

The Challenge in South Carolina. Currently, four out of five South Carolina fourth graders from low-income families cannot read at grade level. Without strong literacy skills, Charleston’s outlook for the future is bleak.

Reading Partners believes that all children deserve the opportunity to succeed. Partnering with our local community members and leaders from local school districts, we’re working towards a future where every child has the individualized support they need to become strong readers and lifelong learners.

Reading Partners is committed to ensuring that South Carolinians can look forward to a bright future. Working closely with Charleston County, Berkeley County, and Florence County School District leaders, the philanthropic community, and families, Reading Partners serves 17 Title I elementary schools across Charleston, Berkeley, and Florence Counties. In the Charleston/Lake City region we currently work with more than 800 students thanks to more than 800 community volunteers who give their time every week to ensure success for budding young readers.

By The Numbers

  95% of K-2 students developing mastery of key foundational reading skills needed to read at grade level (2017-18)
17 Reading Centers  
835 Students
889 Volunteers
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