School is back in session which means that the DBA’s Lawyers in Schools Committee has been busy recruiting participants for Reading Partners. Many matches have already been made for the school year, but there’s always a need for substitute readers. This volunteer commitment is nominal in comparison to a full year reading partnership and is a great way for young lawyers with busy schedules to participate.
Reading Partners is a national children’s literacy organization that provides one-on-one tutoring to elementary aged students (K-4) through the support of community volunteers. Across the country, Reading Partners is united on a goal of helping more children achieve 4th grade reading proficiency to help students achieve success in school and in life.
The DBA’s Lawyers in Schools Committee partners annually with Reading Partners to recruit individual lawyers and teams of lawyers willing to commit to reading weekly with a student. Attorneys who participate say this is one of their most rewarding volunteer activities. Substitute readers make themselves available to fill in when the regularly scheduled partner is unavailable. Continuity is crucial for students’ reading success and substitute readers serve to periodically fill in the gaps.