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Schools of Hope

When kids read, they succeed 

Through third grade, children learn to read. From fourth grade on, they read to learn. Research shows that third-grade reading proficiency is a powerful predictor of later academic achievement. A student who is not at least moderately successful in reading by the third grade is unlikely to graduate from high school. When kids read, they can succeed.
Schools of Hope, a United Way-led initiative in partnership with Racine Unified School District, local businesses and community members, provides young children with tutors on a regular basis to increase reading achievement in the early grades.

We would like to thank the amazing support of our Schools of Hope tutors who have dedicated their time to provide tutoring sessions to our students. During the 2019-20 school year, tutors provided 4,515 tutoring sessions to 139 students in Racine and Burlington. 

Schools of Hope will not be held in its traditional form during the 2020-21 school year. We are working closely with RUSD to determine the most impactful role for our amazing volunteers. If you are interested in receiving information on upcoming virtual volunteer opportunities within RUSD, please fill out our volunteer interest form.

If you have questions about any aspect of Schools of Hope, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Lori Riffer at 262-456-6468.

Unable to volunteer but want to support Schools of Hope? Your tax-deductible investment in United Way of Racine County helps provide the training, resources and support to ensure Schools of Hope tutors, students and teachers are successful.