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Grassroots program enlists tutors to help Rochester students learn to read

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In the City of Rochester, only about 52 percent of its students actually graduate on time, according to the Department of Education.

One literacy program is aiming to improve that number significantly through a reading tutoring program.

Learning doesn’t stop for these kids once they leave the classroom. They’re improving their reading through a program called: “Help Me Read.”

“A lot of students do a whole lot better now,” says Bishop David Singleton. “They’re a lot stronger in terms of their academics, literacy and that kind of thing.”

Singleton started the program in 2006 with the idea of improving the literacy rate for students in the inner city of Rochester.

“We can turn our schools around,” he says.  “Rochester can have or be the success story that nobody believes it could be.”

To accomplish that mission, he’s hired more than 60 tutors, like Cindy Connell who sits one-on-one with kids. She says, “It’s important to show students how important reading is, how important school is so they can live out their goals.”

The program at School 17 has proven to be a success. So much so that over a  two-year span, student’s state test score averages have nearly doubled.

Singleton says, “I know these tutors are making bigger impacts than they will ever really know.”

For more information on the program, you can click here.

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