THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Thomasville City schools and the Rotary Club are teaming up to increase literacy but they need your help.
They're looking for 100 volunteers to be paired up as "Reading Partners" with elementary students in the community.
For about one hour each week a reading partner will teach kids reading is fun, not an assignment or punishment.
Officials say kids sometimes need someone other than a teacher or parents to show them that.
"If they can't read, they can't do their school work. And if they're not reading by the 3rd grade, they're unlikely to keep up the pace because school gets busier after that," explains Joseph Brown, the president of the Thomasville Rotary Club. "So our goal with the program we hope is to get kids reading at their grade level."
The "Reading Partners" program begins in January but organizers need volunteers to sign up by Sunday.
If you're interested call the Thomasville City School System at (229) 225-2600.