Students Lagging in Reading Efficiency

Posted at: 05/29/2014 5:51 PM
Updated at: 05/29/2014 10:53 PM
By: Meghan Reistad

Photo: ABC 6 News
Photo: ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- As the school year winds down, Minnesota Reading Corps is looking for a new group of tutors for next year. The program is currently facing a statewide shortage, looking to hire 1,300 tutors.    

"Literacy is such a crucial part of success in our society,” said Literacy Tutor Anna Pease.

"There's no cost to our district, other than in-kind contributions, so it's valued at about a half million dollar value to our district," said Master Coach Katie Schafer.

A value, some would say, has more worth than any dollar amount. 

"Children that had received the Minnesota Reading Corps service, for example in kindergarten, scored twice as high as children who did not receive service,” said Schafer.

According to Schafer, kids are not the only ones benefiting from the program.

"Tutors get an amazing experience of working with children, learning about reading and how to help our children become proficient readers," Schafer said.

Currently, 36 tutors are needed between schools in Rochester, Austin and Albert Lea. 

"It is definitely a worthwhile investment of your time," said Pease.  

For more information on the program, and how to get involved, visit http://minnesotareadingcorps.org/