2022 Houston Reading Day volunteers needed to share stories with students

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A day dedicated to literacy and reading for children in kindergarten through third grade is coming, and it takes hundreds of book lovers to make it happen.

On March 2, the nonprofit Literacy Now will host its second annual Houston Reading Day, to raise awareness of a growing crisis in our city’s schools.

“(The event exists) aims to raise public awareness of all the struggles so many of our kids in the Houston area are facing,” said Literacy Now CEO Jacque Daughtry. with reading challenges.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Daughtry said 63% of children in grade 3 could not read at grade level. The data shows that this number has increased to about 72% since March 2020.

To help reverse illiteracy, Houston Reads Day will bring together hundreds of volunteers ages 13 and up to show students that “school can be a happy place for them,” Daughtry said.

The event also coincided with Dr. Seuss’ 118th birthday.

Nearly 50 schools in Houston and Aldine ISDs will participate, affecting 18,000 students in grades 1 through 3, but Daughtry said the organization needs more volunteer readers to make that happen.

“We are expecting 600 volunteers and we hope it will be a great experience for adults and children,” said Daughtry.

To sign up to volunteer, visit Volunteers can choose a school closest to home or work. A background check is required to participate.

ABC13 Houston is proud to be the official television partner of Houston Reads Day.

Literacy Now’s goal is to give Houston children and their caregivers access to the tools they need to learn to read at an early age.

They also pair children with volunteer counselors, organize reading intervention sessions and teach families how to incorporate reading into their daily lives.

You can click here to contribute to Literacy Now.

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