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Read.Graduate.Succeed.: Mariel, Marcus, and Kylee

Stories

Three happy students in the library

“We have 26 students in our Read. Graduate. Succeed. (RGS) Program here at Garland Elementary. Every one of them are currently at or above their grade reading level. This program and the community volunteers have certainly made a difference in these children’s lives.”
-Colleen DeMain, Garland RGS Coordinator

Mariel is in Mr. Warner’s second grade class at Garland Elementary. With Mariel’s determination and with the help of her volunteer tutor, she increased 10 reading levels this year and will start third grade reading at a third grade reading level.

Marcus is in Mr. Webb’s fourth grade class at Garland Elementary. With the help of two different tutors, patience, and hard work, Marcus surpassed his goal of reaching a reading level of W and increased 12 reading levels this year. He will start fifth grade reading at a sixth grade reading level.

Reading tutor and student

Kylee is in Mr. Webb’s fourth grade class at Garland Elementary. Of the 26 students in the Read. Graduate. Succeed. program at the school, Kylee reached the highest reading level: Y. She will start fifth grade reading at a sixth grade level.

As an official partner in the Read. Graduate. Succeed. (RGS) initiative, United Way of Northern Utah recruited over 1,132 volunteers, who were paired with struggling readers in over 30 northern Utah elementary schools. UWNU also helped fund over 21 RGS programs in the Box Elder, Morgan, Ogden, and Weber School Districts. With the support of one-on-one tutoring, 85 percent of the participating students improved by three or more reading levels.

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