Schools of Hope



Through third grade, children learn to read. From fourth grade on, they read to learn. Research shows that 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 read, they can succeed.

Schools of Hope, a United Way-led initiative in partnership with Racine Unified and Burlington Area School Districts, local businesses, and community members, provides young children with tutors on a regular basis to increase reading achievement in the early grades.

We currently need additional tutors for Waller Elementary ONLY. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. If you are available to tutor at Waller, please click the "I want to be a tutor" button below. 

  • Friday, September 29, 2017: Schools of Hope Volunteer Tutor Application deadline. There will not be a spring application opportunity.
  • September 25-October 6: Tutor training. Mandatory for all tutors. New tutors will need to attend one two-hour training. Returning tutors will need to attend one refresher course. 
  • October 16-20: School orientations. Exact dates and times TBD. Attendance is optional. 
  • Week of October 23: Tutoring begins.

If you have questions about any aspect of Schools of Hope, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Ana Sanchez at 262-898-2249 prior to completing the application.