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 Dorchester County School District leaders, the philanthropic community, and families, Reading Partners serves 16 Title I elementary schools across Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties. In the Charleston region, we currently work with more than 800 students thanks to more than 900 community volunteers who give their time every week to ensure success for budding young readers.
Facing a school year of uncertainty due to COVID-19 in 2020-21, Reading Partners collaborated with teachers and school leaders to meet students’ learning needs, including creating an innovative online tutoring program that can be used to support students when in-person tutoring is not an option. Reading Partners will also continue to invest in family engagement programs and race equity, diversity, and inclusion training for volunteers, staff, and AmeriCorps members to ensure that we are thoroughly supporting students and communities as we emerge from the pandemic and well into the future.
Explore Reading Partners’ impact in South Carolina:
- 2020-21 impact & innovation report: Full year impacted by COVID-19
- 2019-20 impact & innovation report: Tutoring shortened by COVID-19
- 2018-19 impact report: Last full year of student progress results
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North Charleston, SC 29406