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April 30, 2021

DC non-profit which tutors children in underserved communities is looking for volunteers

Originally posted on ABC NEws7

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We now know what D.C. public schools will look like come fall. Mayor Muriel Bowser says she “expects” all public schools in D.C. to fully reopen for five days of in-person learning.

7News wants you to know about a non-profit doing its part to make sure kids aren’t left behind. Especially those in underserved communities who faced challenges during the pandemic like connectivity issues or even lack of internet access.

‘Reading partners D.C.’ is made up of nearly 900 trained volunteers. Before the pandemic, they would visit those Title I schools and offer one-on-one tutoring for K-4th graders. Of course, they’ve been mostly virtual during the pandemic which has still made a positive impact on students.

But Executive Director Shakurat Adamoh-Faniyan tells 7News’ Robert Burton they’re still calling on the community to donate something other than money – and that’s time.

“COVID-19 has certainly made a huge impact on young people,” Adamoh-Faniyan said. “It has certainly created an opportunity where so many young people need help getting back on track and for those already behind, we want to push them further than they’ve ever been pushed before. The resource of time is really critical, and this is a really great opportunity for the community to join hands with the school system and to really support our young people.”

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