"I went through this when I was a
little kid. Nobody was around. I didn't have anybody at home to help me out,"
Being a kid in a school without
English as a second language classes growing up made him feel
uncomfortable. That's why
"It was very hard for me," said
The program pairs mentors with
kindergarteners. Mentors read to their
students for at least one hour a week. "I-Read's"
goal is to have children proficient in reading by third grade. Right now Rockford Public Schools look for
80% proficiency. Jennifer Jump,
Assistant Principal of Learning Elementary Literacy, says with the
"Our kindergarten students have met 85% proficiency in their basic skills in our I-Read schools," said Jump.
That's in comparison to scores in the 70th percentile from years past. Jump says the program is a win-win for the community.
"I think there are so many different things that it's impacting. It's impacting our students, it's impacting our teachers," said Jump. "But the other thing I want to share is that it's impacting the people who are coming in and volunteering. They're able to make connections with students and that is a lifelong blessing for the both of them."
In total 85 people signed up on
Thursday during the