Reading Corp volunteers should be saluted

I’d like to take a moment to celebrate the excellent efforts of our teachers in ISD 728. As a literacy tutor with Reading Corps at Parker Elementary the past two years, I’ve seen firsthand the great work they are doing to shape the futures of the children of our community.

I also know the reality facing today’s students. According to data from state standardized tests, 1 in 3 of Minnesota third-graders are not reading at grade level. When you consider that 70 percent of today’s jobs require some form of postsecondary education, it has never been more critical to ensure that our students are on the right track.

As a tutor, I’m proud to have been able to have served in this school to help struggling students get their footing.

In my role, I’ve worked with 96 K-3 students in the last two years:
– 76 of them have successfully exited or re-exited the Reading Corps program.
– Most of them only need about 12 weeks to make a huge difference.
– My favorite part of the job has been watching kids gain self-esteem and excitement to practice their newfound reading skills.

The Minnesota Reading Corps is a statewide initiative designed to help every Minnesota child become a proficient reader by the end of third grade. Working with a research-based curriculum, Minnesota Reading Corps is seeing positive results among students who have successfully completed the program.

This year there are over 1,500 tutors serving with the Corps, and we are still looking for people for the 2017-18 school year. For details, please go to

Again, I salute the great work our teachers are doing, and encourage anyone who is willing to serve to step up. Our children and their futures are certainly worth it.-Rachel Snavely, Otsego