Schools of Hope Racine, a United Way-led initiative in partnership with Racine Unified School District, local businesses, and other concerned community members, provides young children with tutors on a regular basis to increase reading achievement in the early grades.
Schools of Hope
From kindergarten to 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 tutoring began in October 2012. Together with teachers and principals, Olympia Brown Elementary and Wadewitz Elementary were selected as the program's pilot schools. During the fall 2012 semester, 80 tutors worked with 146 students at the two schools. Schools of Hope expanded to Fratt and North Park Elementary schools for the spring 2013 semester. At the four schools, 168 tutors volunteered in 38 classrooms to help 257 students. During the 2012-13 school year, Schools of Hope tutors provided 1,581 hours of one-on-one reading tutoring.
Schools of Hope volunteers are active in eight Racine Unified elementary schools for the 2013-14 school year: Fratt, Giese, Janes, North Park, Olympia Brown, Roosevelt, S.C. Johnson, and Wadewitz. Nearly 220 tutors volunteer each week to help 275 students become more confident, capable readers. On average, a Schols of Hope student receives 86 minutes of tutoring a month. Since October 2013, Schools of Hope tutors have provided 1,372 hours and 38 minutes of one-on-one reading tutoring!