Reading Partners Los Angeles Hosts Event to Celebrate the New School Year at Cleveland Elementary

Published : Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 11:33 PM

Reading Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers, is hosting an event to celebrate the new school year at Cleveland Elementary School on Friday, October 26th. City Councilmember Jacque Robinson, PUSD School Board member Elizabeth Pomeroy, and PUSD Chief Academic Officer Brian McDonald will be among the many community members joining the celebration.

This school year Reading Partners will be operating 10 schools in the Los Angeles area and is excited to be expanding its impact in Pasadena. The event will be held from 9:30-10:00am on Friday, October 26th at Cleveland Elementary, 524 Palisade Street in Pasadena.

“We are delighted to be kicking off another great year at Cleveland Elementary,” said Erica Trullinger, Regional Executive Director for Reading Partners Los Angeles. “There is a newfound energy for collaboration to ensure all of our kids receive a high quality education and we are delighted to be a part of the vibrant Pasadena community.”

Literacy achievement is a critical issue in Pasadena and Reading Partners is working with school partners to help improve students reading skills. Reading Partners operates a research-based literacy intervention program with an impressive track record of success. In the 2011-12 school year 89% of all Reading Partners students increased their reading skills.

In California, only 1 in 4 fourth graders can read proficiently. Students who are not reading on grade level by the third grade are six times more likely to drop out of high school. Every student who does not complete high school costs our society an estimated $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, and productivity.

Since 2008, Reading Partners has successfully provided volunteer-led, one-on-one literacy tutoring to K-5 students at low-income elementary schools in the Los Angeles area. We have a near 90% success rate helping students improve their reading skills.

About Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit working to close the reading achievement gap for elementary school students. In the 2012-13 school year, the organization will work with 35 school districts across California, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Texas, and the District of Columbia.

First introduced in California in 1999, Reading Partners provides twice-a-week one-on-one volunteer tutoring to students at Title I schools who have fallen behind in reading. According to pre- and post-program assessments, the organization has an 89% success rate in improving academic achievement for children who have fallen behind in reading skills. The organization is headquartered in Oakland, CA. For more information, visit www.readingpartners.org or visit the organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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