ROCKFORD READS

ROCKFORD READS is a program designed to enhance the literacy development of second grade students in the Rockford Public Schools.  Community volunteers and students work one-on-one reading aloud and listening to each other; increasing student exposure to both print and book language. Last year over 170 ROCKFORD READS volunteers worked with second grade students over the school year.

Partnerships

 
ROCKFORD READS was initiated by Rockford Rotary in 2001 in partnership with the Rockford Public Schools and the Rockford Public Library.  Since its inception this partnership has directly benefited over 3,000 second grade students.
 

Community Volunteers

ROCKFORD READS has successfully brought together community volunteers and elementary students to work jointly on reading skills.  Community volunteers are the heart of the program, giving as little as one hour per week to read with students at an elementary school of their choice. Community volunteers read with students through the end of May and can start anytime during the school year.
 
ROCKFORD READS community volunteers are required to complete and sign a Volunteer Information Form, including a Background Check Authorization. Volunteers will also select the school(s) and day(s)/time(s) available.  
 
The completed form is mailed to:
Parent and Community Engagement Department
501 7th Street
Rockford, IL 61104 
 
Volunteer will be contacted by RPS staff with a school assignment and a starting date.
 

LINKS TO VOLUNTEER FORMS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THIS PAGE