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You can help turn a Struggling Student into a Reading STAR

There's no more important gift that you can give a child than the gift of literacy. The ability to read is the most important determinant of future success and achievement.

Greater Philadelphia Cares invites you and your company to participate in Reading STARS, a literacy program where volunteers work one-on-one with students to boost the reading abilities of children. A promising solution to the problem of low literacy rates in Philadelphia's public school system, Reading STARS is a one-on-one tutoring program where volunteers can see tangible, measurable benefits that come from donating their time. Working with their students on a weekly basis throughout the school year, the tutors see progress with each lesson, as well as the excitement on the faces of the children as they achieve!

Because reading opens the door to all learning and the window in which children must gain these skills is relatively small, Reading STARS is an absolutely crucial program. However, Reading STARS relies exclusively on volunteers LIKE YOU to get students to grade-level and beyond. Anyone can volunteer with Reading STARS and empower children to explore and achieve their full potential. No teaching experience is required - the program is entirely scripted, so anyone can tutor a child.


Reading STARS utilizes the Smart Way Reading and SpellingT methodology. Using this system, volunteers are able to give students the confidence to pursue academic challenges and to achieve more than they ever thought they could.

Since the program was initiated in 2003, it has created a noticeable, measurable impact. Students who have been lagging behind in reading skills have improved an average of one to two grade levels in just 20 hours of coaching. Greater Philadelphia Cares is committed to effectively implementing and expanding Reading STARS so that every child in our region is a confident reader.


Did you know?
  • In 2008-09, just 48% of Philadelphia school children could read at grade level.*
  • 31% of those children are tested Below Basic, the lowest level.
  • Philadelphia's high school graduation rate is 57%.

You can make a world of difference by volunteering for Reading STARS!

         *according to Pennsylvania state testing results as reported in The Philadelphia Inquirer 8/13/09


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