A grant of $11,000 to The Immokalee Foundation supports the Immokalee Readers Program. Designed to target the bottom 17% of student readers and complement the reading instruction students receive during their regular school day, this program matches high school-aged tutors with elementary age children to provide intensive and enjoyable reading lessons that ensure that all students are reading on grade level by the third grade. High school tutors have shown improvements in overall reading proficiency as well.
One Year Later: 64% of students ended the year reading at their grade level and maintained their reading level over the summer. All of the students have shown measurable improvement in reading and literacy.