Through third grade, children learn to read. From the fourth grade on, they read to learn. Research shows third-grade reading proficiency is a powerful predictor of later academic achievement. A student who is not at least moderately successful in reading by the third grade is unlikely to graduate from high school. When kids can read, they can succeed.
Schools of Hope Racine, a United Way-led initiative in partnership with Racine Unified School District, local businesses, and community members, provides young children with tutors on a regular basis to increase reading achievement in the early grades.