Over 10 years ago, Christ Together Greater Austin met with civic leaders throughout Central Texas to  interpret many issues to which needed to be addressed. One of the results — school dropout rates — were identified as costing our Central Texas economy over $460 million annually through in social services, incarceration, probation costs and lost earning potential; but even greater, was is the impact on human lives. The Power Of Reading

A student not reading at his or her grade level by the end of 3rd grade, is four times less likely to graduate high school on time and six times less likely for students from low-income families. A study conducted in 2009 by researchers at Northeastern University found that high school dropouts were sixty-three times more likely to be incarcerated than college graduates.

There is a connection between literacy rates, high school dropout rates, and crime. This speaks to Education Connection Volunteers, because it underscores that limited reading skills are connected with unfavorable life outcomes.

The ongoing challenge is that each child needs to learn to read proficiently…and you can help!

Become A Literacy Partner

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year opens Monday, October 5th. By simply visiting www.education-connection.org and completing three simple steps, you can apply to become a Literacy Partner in one of 11 school districts, serving over 90 schools.

    1. Everyone must register to participate in reading to students. You can do so at www.education-connection.org. You will need to complete the registration steps with Education Connection & with the individual school district background check application of your choice.
    2. Sign-up for training on the registration form as well as selecting your school of your choice.
    3. Our partnerships require that every volunteer goes through training and a district background check each year.

Invite all your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to join you!

 

We are hopeful to be back in the schools reading for the Spring semester and looking forward to another successful year. Thank you for your interest in Education Connection and helping the next generation to succeed!

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