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News Channel 3 extends a thank you to the 560 people who volunteered for Team Read this year.

News Channel 3 is teaming up with
Shelby County Schools to find people in our community
who are willing to serve
in the Team Read program.

Click here to become a volunteer

Deadline to sign up is Sept. 16

No prior experience is necessary. All you need is a willing spirit and a desire to help our children learn to read.

Volunteer tutors agree to:

• Attend a volunteer training
• Complete the SCS background check thatincludes fingerprinting
• Tutor two students for 30 minutes (total one hour) per week during the school day.
• Use the Team Read method to teach sightwords

Volunteer training dates and locations:

  • Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon at the school board auditorium, 160 S. Hollywood
  • Sept. 7, 5:30-7 p.m. at the school board auditorium, 160 S. Hollywood
  • Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-noon at the school board auditorium, 160 S. Hollywood
  • Sept. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. at the school board auditorium, 160 S. Hollywood
  • Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-noon at the school board auditorium, 160 S. Hollywood
  • Sept. 16, 1-3 p.m. at the school board auditorium, 160 S. Hollywood

Team Read is focused on helping second graders improve their sight word vocabulary.

By third grade, students shift from learning to read to reading to learn. Research shows if students are not reading proficiently by third grade, they are four times more likely to drop out of school.

• In Shelby County Schools,  only 30 percent of third graders read proficiently at grade level.

• Without intervention, nearly 6,000 SCS students not reading proficiently at grade level by third grade will stay behind for the duration of their school experience.

This year, Team Read will focus its efforts on these 24 Memphis-area public schools: