“Last week while volunteering, I noticed that my mouth was hurting and I thought to myself: Why is my mouth hurting? I thought about it and then realized that I hadn’t stopped smiling since arriving!” – Trudy Crawford
Y Readers is a nationally recognized literacy program that serves students in grades K-3 who are reading below grade level. The program operates as a six-week summer camp as well as an afterschool program. The purpose of Y Readers is to provide the additional support that students need to be proficient in reading by the end of third grade. This is accomplished through a focus on improving students’ literacy skills and self-confidence in the classroom.
The Y is committed to helping all children discover and live their true potential. By combining an engaging curriculum with enthusiastic teachers and volunteers, Y Readers gives students the skills and confidence they need to read on grade level. Y Readers now serves over 700 students each year in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Lincoln County Schools, and Mooresville Graded School District. Students are recommended for Y Readers by their classroom teachers and principals based on need for the program.
Locally in Lincoln County, 32 students are served at Iron Station Elementary and each child attends the program for 6 weeks free of any cost to the families. The cost per child is approximately $1300 and those funds are raised through the YMCAs Annual Giving Campaign through individual donors and businesses, local grants, and the United Way. This year the Denver/Lake Norman Rotary Club chose to sponsor two children and also received a matching grant from our district totally $2600. 17 volunteers, many of whom were Rotarians, also gave of their time and 17 volunteers served over 60 hours with the teachers to provide one-on-one reading activities each week for the children.